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Haney in 2021
|Height||5 ft 8 inches|
|Born||November 17, 1998
San Francisco, California, U.S.
|Wins by KO||15|
Devin Miles Haney (born November 17, 1998) is an American professional boxer who has held the WBC lightweight title since 2019. As of June 2021, he is ranked as the world's fourth best active lightweight by The Ring magazine, Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, and BoxRec and fifth by ESPN.
As an amateur, Haney won seven National titles. In January 2015, aged 17, he became the youngest boxer to win the Youth World Championships in Reno. He had an amateur record of 138–8 bouts before turning professional in 2015 at the age of 17. Out of those eight losses, two are from his now rival Ryan Garcia in the amateurs the two have fought four times, both having won twice.
USA Junior National Championships Silver medalist in Mobile 2013
- Defeated Nikita Ababiy 3:0
- Defeated Duke Ragen 3:0
- Defeated Michael Dutchover 2:1
- Lost to Ruben Villa 10:2
World Junior Championships quarter-finalist in Kyiv, Ukraine'2013
- Defeated Elmaddin Ismailov (Azerbaijan) 2:1
- Defeated Sabyrzhan Abilov (Kazakhstan) 2:1
- Lost to Suleyman Bammatov (Russia) 0:3
US Junior National Championships Gold medalist in Reno 2014
- Defeated Adolfo Alanis 3:0
- Defeated Alejandro Campa 3:0
- Defeated Ryan Garcia 2:1
USA Youth National Championships Gold medalist in Reno 2015
- Defeated Daiyaan Butt 3:0
- Defeated Alejandro Guerrero 3:0
- Defeated Ryan Garcia 2:1
- Defeated Bryan Lua 3:0
- Defeated Andres Cortes 2:1
Haney turned pro at the age of 17 but could not compete in the United States due to the minimum age regulation, so his first four fights were in Mexico. At regional level he won the WBC Youth, IBF-USBA, IBF North American, WBC International, WBO Inter-Continental and WBA International lightweight titles as a professional.
On February 2, 2018 Haney was scheduled to fight Filipino Harmonito Dela Torre in an eight-round opening bout. Dela Torre had problems obtaining a visa and subsequently withdrew from the fight. Unable to find an opponent, the date was scrapped.
On January 11, 2019, Haney dominated a very tough opponent in Xolisani Ndongeni on the way to a 10-round unanimous decision win.
In April 2019, Haney signed a co-promotional deal between his own company, Devin Haney Promotions, and British promoter Eddie Hearn's Matchroom Boxing.
On May 25, 2019, Haney defeated Antonio Moran via a vicious seventh-round knockout, in his first match under the Matchroom banner.
On September 13, 2019, Haney defeated Zaur Abdullaev (11-0) to win the vacant WBC interim lightweight title.
WBC lightweight champion
In October 2019, Haney became the youngest (i.e. latest born) world champion in boxing when he was elevated as the WBC lightweight champion after previous WBC lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko was promoted to "Franchise Champion" by the WBC.
Haney vs. Santiago
On the undercard of KSI vs. Logan Paul II in November 2019, Haney made his first title defense against Alfredo Santiago (12-0), and won by unanimous decision. He injured his shoulder during the fight, requiring surgery that would keep him out until the summer of 2020. He maintained the title "champion in recess."
Controversial comments about Vasyl Lomachenko
In April 2020, Haney claimed that he could beat unified lightweight champion Vasyl Lomachenko during an interview with 78SportsTV. When asked if would "end the hype of Loma", Haney said, "I'll tell you this. I will never lose to a white boy in my life. I don't care what nobody got to say. Fight a white boy 10 times, I'm going to beat him 10 times." Haney was criticized for this comment, with many saying it was anti-white racism. Haney came out on Twitter after and said, "I'm not racist and I never will be a racist. I'm chasing greatness." He also said he spoke with WBC president Mauricio Sulaimán and "confirmed to him directly my commitment to be a role model and my absolute rejection of discrimination of any kind." Haney's comments were compared to Bernard Hopkins' declaration that he would "never let a white boy beat me" before his fight with Joe Calzaghe, which Hopkins lost.
Haney vs. Gamboa
Haney made the second defense of his WBC lightweight title against former unified featherweight world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa on November 7, 2020. Haney won by unanimous decision with scores of 120-107, 120-107 and 118-109.
Haney vs. Linares
In what was seen by many as Haney's toughest test of his career so far, Haney made the third defense of his WBC lightweight title against former three-weight world champion Jorge Linares on May 29, 2021. He won by unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 in his favor. Haney controlled the action for most of the fight, but was hurt when Linares caught him with a powerful right-left combination toward the end of the tenth round. Haney survived the final two rounds largely by tying Linares up and negating his opponent's attempts at trying to engage with him. The crowd voiced their displeasure with what they perceived as excessive clinching by booing Haney when he jumped up on the ropes in celebration immediately after the final bell, as well as booing during the announcement of the official decision.
Professional boxing record
|26 fights||26 wins||0 losses|
|26||Win||26–0||Jorge Linares||UD||12||May 29, 2021||Michelob Ultra Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.||Retained WBC lightweight title|
|25||Win||25–0||Yuriorkis Gamboa||UD||12||Nov 7, 2020||Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.||Retained WBC lightweight title|
|24||Win||24–0||Alfredo Santiago||UD||12||Nov 9, 2019||Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.||Retained WBC lightweight title|
|23||Win||23–0||Zaur Abdullaev||RTD||4 (12), 3:00||Sep 13, 2019||Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.||Won vacant WBC interim lightweight title|
|22||Win||22–0||Antonio Moran||KO||7 (12), 2:32||May 25, 2019||MGM National Harbor, Oxon Hill, Maryland, U.S.||Retained WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles;
Won vacant WBA International lightweight title
|21||Win||21–0||Xolisani Ndongeni||UD||10||Jan 11, 2019||StageWorks, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.||Won vacant WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles|
|20||Win||20–0||Juan Carlos Burgos||UD||10||Sep 28, 2018||Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.||Won vacant IBF North American lightweight title|
|19||Win||19–0||Mason Menard||RTD||9 (10), 3:00||May 11, 2018||2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.||Won vacant IBF–USBA lightweight title|
|18||Win||18–0||Hamza Sempewo||TKO||5 (6), 1:39||Nov 4, 2017||Buckhead Fight Club, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.|
|17||Win||17–0||Enrique Tinoco||UD||8||Sep 22, 2017||SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|16||Win||16–0||Miguel Angel Perez Aispuro||KO||5 (8), 1:51||Jun 24, 2017||Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.|
|15||Win||15–0||Hector Garcia||UD||8||Apr 15, 2017||Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico|
|14||Win||14–0||Maximino Toala||TKO||4 (10), 1:34||Mar 4, 2017||Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico||Won vacant WBC Youth lightweight title|
|13||Win||13–0||Daniel Armando Valenzuela||KO||2 (8), 0:56||Jan 28, 2017||AS Boxing Arena, Tijuana, Mexico|
|12||Win||12–0||Odilon Rivera Meza||TKO||1 (8), 1:49||Jan 12, 2017||Escape Bar, Tijuana, Mexico|
|11||Win||11–0||Carlos Antonio Avila||TKO||5 (6), 1:45||Oct 21, 2016||Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico|
|10||Win||10–0||Mike Fowler||TKO||5 (6), 1:19||Sep 15, 2016||2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|9||Win||9–0||Carlos Castillo||UD||6||Aug 27, 2016||The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.|
|8||Win||8–0||Javier Meraz||TKO||2 (6), 1:45||Aug 12, 2016||Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico|
|7||Win||7–0||Clay Burns||UD||6||Jun 25, 2016||Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.|
|6||Win||6–0||Jairo Fernandez Vargas||TKO||4 (6), 1:34||May 21, 2016||Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.|
|5||Win||5–0||Rafael Vazquez||UD||4||Apr 9, 2016||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.|
|4||Win||4–0||Roman Melendez||TKO||1 (6), 2:26||Mar 19, 2016||Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico|
|3||Win||3–0||Jorge Edgar Sillas||UD||6||Feb 20, 2016||Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico|
|2||Win||2–0||Jose Iniguez||TKO||1 (4), 1:36||Dec 18, 2015||Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico|
|1||Win||1–0||Gonzalo Lopez||TKO||1 (4), 0:33||Dec 11, 2015||Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico|
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