Devin Haney being avoided by Gervonta, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo & Jo Jo Diaz Jr ⋆ Boxing News 24


By Chris Williams: WBC light-weight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) is discovering out the arduous method the heavy worth he should pay for being so gifted and feared by the opposite high 135-pounders within the division.

Haney is seemingly being averted by Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis, Ryan Garcia, Teofimo Lopez, and now Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz Jr.

Two years in the past, when Haney first picked up his WBC light-weight crown in 2019, it was believed he would lastly get the opposite large names within the 135lb division to face him.

Haney continues to be averted

They might not keep away from Devin as a result of he had essentially the most prestigious title within the weight class. However as an alternative, we’ve seen one top-level fighter after keep away from swerve Haney, a few of them brazenly admitting they don’t wish to battle him.

First, it was Ryan Garcia earlier this yr when he beat Luke Campbell in a WBC 135lb title eliminator to turn out to be Haney’s obligatory challenger.

However as an alternative of profiting from his obligatory place to problem Haney, Ryan scurried away within the reverse, selecting to battle Javier Fortuna in ANOTHER WBC title eliminator.

It was clear that Ryan didn’t fancy the battle with Haney, so he’d slightly go over previous floor to needlessly battle one other title eliminator slightly than problem Devin.

Now, it’s Joseph Diaz Jr’s flip to win a WBC 135-lb title eliminator after which not reap the benefits of his obligatory spot to face champion Haney for his title. On Tuesday, it was reported that Gervonta Davis could possibly be going through Diaz Jr in October.

If Diaz Jr takes the battle with Gervonta, he can be the second fighter that has gained a title eliminator with the WBC after which selected NOT to battle problem Haney for his belt.

The so-called undisputed light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez had not too long ago talked incessantly to the boxing media about preventing Haney after he takes care of his IBF obligatory challenger George Kambosos Jr.

However now we’re listening to that Teofimo will probably be preventing Vasily Lomachenko subsequent.

On high of that, Teofimo might vacate his IBF title and never battle Kambosos Jr simply in order that he can go straight into the Lomachenko rematch.

Devin with nobody to battle at 135

Haney is caught in nowhere land, defending his WBC title in opposition to these courageous sufficient to step as much as the plate to problem him. It’s not going that we’re going to see Teofimo, Ryan Garcia, or Joseph Diaz Jr flip round and face Haney as a result of they don’t appear desperate to tackle this younger 22-year-old expertise.

Haney’s greatest wager for a giant battle is #1 WBC Vasily Lomachenko to problem him, however that gained’t occur till 2022 after Loma will get executed together with his rematch with Teofimo.

If Loma loses to Teofimo, an actual risk, then Haney can scratch him off his record. Teo (16-0, 12 KOs) has already made it clear that he will probably be shifting as much as 140 quickly, and his battle with Lomachenko will in all probability be his final at 135.

Haney may have to determine whether or not to remain at 135 and proceed to keep away from the highest guys or transfer as much as 140 and attempt to nook Teofimo, Gervonta, and Josh Taylor to allow them to’t keep away from him.

Devin is coming off a spectacular 12 spherical unanimous determination over the highly-respected former three-division world champion Jorge Linares on Might twenty ninth.

Devin Haney Gervonta Davis Joseph Diaz Jr Ryan Garcia Teofimo Lopez

That was a battle wherein Haney received within the trenches with Linares and slugged it out for 12 thrilling rounds. In the long run, Haney had an excessive amount of for the #5 WBC ranked contender Linares but it surely was a enjoyable battle to look at. So far, Haney vs. Linares is without doubt one of the greatest fights in 2021.

Haney now needs to defend in opposition to his new obligatory Jo Jo Diaz Jr, however as I stated, it appears to be like like he’s going to serve Devin and presumably face Gervonta in October.


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