Haney says he’s vacating lightweight titles

Unified lightweight champion Devin Haney told ESPN that he’s planning on vacating his WBA, IBF, and WBO titles at 135 pounds. Haney, who is moving to super lightweight to challenge WBC champion Regis Prograis on December 9 in San Francisco, stated that he’s outgrown the division and plans to go to welterweight after the Prograis fight.

The move would leave Shakur Stevenson as lightweight champion of the WBC and Tank Davis as lightweight champion of the WBA, with a Lomachenko-Kambosos clash reportedly in the works for the IBF lightweight strap.

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  • Ok, like we the non-casuals didn’t see this coming. However Welterweight is a stretch if he can’t hurt anyone at lightweight he’s not going to at welter.

  • He starved himself to make 135 and barely got by Loma.

    He should be competitive at 140 with his size as he easily walks around at about 165+ but I just don’t forsee him beating any of the top guys at 147. boots, crawford and spence would all ko him.

    If I were Haney I would get a nutritionist and personal chef and do everything I could to stay at 140.

  • He seems to think he’s on the mayweather level but he’s not. Not sure he gets by Prograis. I think based on styles, Ryan Garcia knocks him out let alone the other top guys at 140. And 147 ?? Forget it

    • Ebox, I’m going to agree with you, I think you might be right Ryan could probably beat Haney but not by ko. Ryan has issues with guys with power and Haney lacks it, Ryan is faster and he can hurt him, this would keep Haney honest. Intriguing matchup but both have to win their next flights which is not a given…

        • Exactly!! Haney (who I can’t stand at all) is lightyears ahead of Ryan as far as skill is concerned. Ryan honestly can’t box. Like at all. At one point in the Davis fight he literally TURNED HIS BACK on Davis when Davis coming forward throwing punches. I couldn’t believe what I was watching. Haney will school Ryan for every minute of every round.

  • It was about time; now we can see very interesting fights for the WBO and IBF hardware. Shakur, as WBC ruler, should order beds instead of chairs for his fights, and Gervonta Davis better be prepared for a rematch against Isaac Cruz. Lightweight is getting stacked with great talents like William Zepeda, Raymond Muratalla, Floyd Schofield, Denys Berinchyk, and some other well-known names.

  • If Loma does take Kambosos for the IBF title (and why wouldn’t he), that would leave Berinchyk – Pitbull as the top two contenders for the WBO. I’m hoping though that Zepeda either finds someway to get in on one of these fights for the vacant title or gets an immediate shot at someone who does. Zepeda – Pitbull would be absolutely nuts!

  • Typical bitch. “Outgrew” the division?! . That division is stacked right now 135 and 140. Going to the welterweight division soon. Knowing no one will be there in the future?! SMH

    • How is he a “B” when he’s fighting the guy Lopez didn’t want to fight. He’s fighting the most avoided guy at 140. “B” don’t do that. His critical ALWAYS point out that he’s looks much bigger than his opponents- so why is it difficult to believe he has trouble making the weight? If he can’t make weight he can’t make weight. Don’t let biases blind you.

  • I think Devin Haney is struggling to even make 140, that is why he is talking about the welterweight division

  • Understandable. If he can’t make the weight he can’t make the weight. I admire the fact that he’s moving up and going after the top champions. If he goes to 147, Haney vs Ennis has to happen. 135 could have been interesting but once again boxing screws up. Instead of this email champion stuff let them have a box off super 6 tournament style for all the gold. For example notify- Tank Davis, Lomanchenko, Zepeda, Stevenson, Martin (add Cruz if Martin backs out), Kambosos they will be fighting teach other for the vacant unification titles.

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