Martin is Haney’s WBC mandatory, a position he has worked himself into after stopping his last two opponents. That was the perfect response to his first-ever defeat at the hands of Teofimo Lopez in a split decision. A Haney fight against Ryan Garcia, Lopez and Gervonta Davis is currently out of the question. Garcia withdrew from talks, hoping to face Rolando Romero, but Ryan is now close to signing a fight with Jose Ramirez. Lopez is currently occupied with Jamaine Ortiz, a bout set for February 8, 2024, and Tank Davis is reluctant to move up to 140 without a rehydration clause for Haney. That has left Martin in a strong position to face Haney.
“Devin Haney calls himself ‘The Dream,’ but I am his worst nightmare. I will be the next WBC junior welterweight world champion. Whether he wants to lose his title to me in the ring or run up the scales to welterweight, the choice is his. I am excited for the next chapter of my career with OPI Since 82 and Top Rank in my corner,” Martin said
Facing Martin makes sense if Haney can secure a unification with Lopez or Subriel Matias. If that is not the case, The Dream could move up to 147 and target one of the belts if Crawford vacates and moves up to 154. Based on the social media reaction, not everyone was behind a Haney-Martin fight.
Boring fight Devin should drop them belts
— beat the press (@BEAThepresscfc) January 17, 2024
I'm not really interested in seeing this
— John hero (@Johnheromercer) January 17, 2024
Not Good, he's a boring fighter
— Max (@IbnAlosool) January 17, 2024