Eddie Hearn Interested In Devin Haney-Luke Campbell Title Fight
If Matchroom Boxing’ fearless leader had his way, Devin Haney may end up competing against a top fighter for his WBC Lightweight Title.
Eddie Hearn recently spoke to Boxing Scene about the lightweight division and where it stands. The WBC is interested in Haney (24-0) facing a mandatory challenger, before fighting the winner of the planned interim WBC Lightweight Title fight between Javier Fortuna and Luke Campbell. Hearn would think a clash with Ryan Garcia makes sense, as does Haney. Because Garcia is with Golden Boy, it may not be an issue. However, an alternative would be to scrap an interim fight and go straight for the real thing.
Hearn, who is looking into Florida for Matchroom’s United States return, has the perfect opponent in mind for Haney.
“Ideally I want to make Davin Haney against Ryan Garcia,” Hearn stated. “I think that is a monstrous fight. But that might take a bit longer to be made, so if we can make Haney against Luke Campbell, that is a great fight.”
Haney beat Zaur Abdullaev for the interim WBC Lightweight Championship in September. He was then promoted to full-time champion after Vasiliy Lomachnko was promoted to “franchise” champion. Haney was then sidelined due to shoulder surgery in November, forcing him to become “champion in recess” as a result.
Before a fight for the vacant title could become official between Javier Fortuna and Luke Campbell, Haney was reinstated as the champion. Hearn wants to cut off any unnecessary drama and put on a bout that would entice an audience.
“It’s a bit of a mess, really,” Hearn went on to say. “Luke has been ordered to fight Javier Fortuna for the world title, now the interim world title, but because of the delay, Devin Haney is back and ready to go.
“I’d rather they fight each other. Luke seems up for it, Devin Haney seems up for it and that is a fight I will try and make for August or September.
Campbell (20-3) has fought for lightweight titles twice; he lost to Jorge Linares in 2017 for the WBA Lightweight TItle and lost to Lomachenko this past August for the WBA, WBO, and WBC Lightweight Titles. Before the Lomachenko loss, Campbell was on a three-fight win streak.
Fortuna (33-2-1, 2NC) is 2-1 in his last four fights with one no-contest. He fell out of the ring and injured himself against Adrian Granados back in 2018, and has since rebounded with two wins.
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