Due to outside circumstances, Devin Haney’s status as a champion has been put back to its original role.
The World Boxing Council announced that Haney has been reinstated as the WBC Light Heavyweight Champion. This comes after Haney was named “champion in recess” following shoulder surgery that sidelined him for months.
Haney (24-0) won the interim WBC title after beating Zaur Abdullaev. He was then promoted to undisputed champion after Vasiliy Lomachenko was promoted to “Franchise Champion” by the WBC. “The Dream” then defended the belt against Alfredo Santiago on the KSI v. Logan Paul II card, beating him via unanimous decision. Haney sustained an injury in the fight, forcing him to undergo surgery. Due to his absence, a bout between Javier Fortuna and Luke Campbell was made for the vacant title.
With the coronavirus postponing events, including that fight on April 14, Haney was able to return before the title officially went somewhere else. Both Fortuna and Campbell will now be fighting for the interim belt. The winner of that bout will face Haney for the undisputed title.
The WBC will also allow Haney to fight a mandatory challenger before a fight between him and the winner of Fortuna-Campbell. Prior to the injury, a purse bid was called for Haney to defend the belt against Fortuna (35-2-1), who is on a two-fight win streak.