Haney Willing to Defend Interim Belt Until Loma Fight
It may not be Vasyl Lomachenko and the actual world title, but Devin Haney is happy to be fighting for the interim WBC lightweight championship next week. And he’s willing to defend it as often as he can until he gets the showdown with Lomachenko he hopes for.
Haney recently finished training camp for his fight with Zaur Abdullaev next week. With a win, Haney could position himself for a shot at Lomachenko, who holds the WBA, WBO and WBC titles. This was further solidified when the WBC recently made Haney vs. Abdullaev for the interim belt.
“The WBC Interim World Championship means a lot to me,” Haney said. “Some people kept labeling me a prospect when I knew I was so much more. Being able to fight for an Interim World title means everything. This not only makes me the WBC mandatory for Vasiliy Lomachenko, but I’m able to do Interim title defenses until Loma is ready to fight. I believe the winner of Haney vs Abdullaev is in a really good position with the WBC.
“I know Abdullaev is focused, he’s been at the top of the rankings for a while now, so I know he’s ready to fight. He’s an undefeated fighter, who has beaten some quality opposition, so I take him very seriously. I’m just very excited to face Abdullaev because it will show the world my skills and why I am the new face of the sport.”
Lomachenko captured the WBC lightweight title, and retained the WBA and WBO titles, with a decision win over Luke Campbell last week. While Haney is attempting to score a title shot, Lomachenko has been open about unifying the decision, looking towards an undisputed title fight with current IBF champion Richard Commey.
Original Story: Boxing Scene