The latter has moved up to 140, as a fight with Regis Prograis is reportedly close to being announced for October.
And given that Stevenson is the WBC interim champion at 135, the news was a setback.
In response, Stevenson will be allowed to face the highest-ranked contender for the WBC belt, as Haney will become a ‘champion in recess.’
As a result, Haney will have the chance to face the holder of the WBC belt at 135 if he does move back down. But moving forward, Stevenson is not optimistic about a fight with the ‘Dream.’
“It ain’t really a hope [that he fights me], it’s ‘I dare him,’ like I dare him to come back to and try me. Like I pray that that’s what he plans on doing and I can show the world I’m the truth.
“The logic that they’re putting out there is [Devin’s] gonna go up for this one fight and then come right back down and fight me for the belts but, like, I just don’t see him being that bold. I don’t think he got that in him, so I’d say 20% chance,” Stevenson
This naturally begs the question: is Haney still figuring out which weight class he will compete in moving forward. Well, as of now, Bill Haney refused to state where his son, Haney, would go after a Prograis fight.
This may depend on the result, as a win may make Haney stay at 140. However, a loss always gives the ‘Dream’ the chance to go back down to 135.
With that being said, this is what Bill Haney had to say.
“So you know we’ll deal with the future as it comes, but right now it’s Mr. Regis Prograis. No matter what they say, Mr. Prograis cannot get a fight with nobody.
“What more would you ask of Devin than to go up and give an opportunity to a puncher, a dangerous fighter, a world champion at 140 pounds? So once again, this fight is about legacy,” Haney