Eddie Hearn: Devin Haney Could Have Three Big Fights Next Year

Eddie Hearn sees Devin Haney facing up to three elite fighters next year following his WBC junior welterweight title.

Haney became a two-weight world champion by outclassing Regis Prograis to grab the WBC belt. The ‘Dream’ won every round and looked at home on his debut at the weight class. He sent Regis to the canvas with a straight right hand in the third round. The same shot buckled Prograis’ legs in the sixth, although Haney remained disciplined behind his jab rather than going for the stoppage. The win opened further doors for Haney at 140 and 147, with Hearn expecting some exciting options.

“You could see his year look like, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, Tank Davis. We got the next fight [with Haney signed with Matchroom Boxing]. I think now that he’s a draw, I expect him to end his career with us. Hopefully, we can work together for a long time,” Hearn revealed 

A win over Lopez makes Haney a unified champion since the ‘Takeover’ holds the WBO belt. There is also a long rivalry stretching back to their days at 135. As we have reported previously, however, there are “substantive conversations” between Lopez and Subriel Matias to face each other on “NYC Puerto Rican Day Parade weekend.” A fight against Garcia settles a long rivalry too. During their time in the amateurs, they faced each other six times. The record is tied at 3-3 as Garcia called out Haney after his win over Prograis. 

“This year we are going to run it!!!” One thing is certain in my eyes is that Haney and I will fight in 2024. You can hold me to it unless it’s not in God’s will,” Garcia said

A Gervonta Davis fight, however, is unlikely. Davis fights at 135 pounds while Haney has refused to go back to lightweight since he can no longer make the weight. In addition, Davis’ trainer, Calvin Ford, expects Haney to fight Josh Taylor next. 

“Y’all going up to 147. Talking about who you’re going to fight at 147. Forget about 140, forget about 135, and forget about Tank. They said it in the ring, ‘We’re going up to 147,” Ford said 

Either way, Haney will be in some big fights. His performance against Prograis has put the 140-pound division on notice following his WBC junior welterweight title winning performance.

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