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Devin Haney
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Haney in 2021
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Nickname(s) The Dream
Rated at
Height 5 ft 8 inches
Reach 71 inches
Nationality American
Born November 17, 1998 (1998-11-17) (age 22)
San Francisco, California, U.S.
Stance Orthodox
Boxing record
Total fights 26
Wins 26
Wins by KO 15
Losses 0

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.

Amateur career

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

Professional career

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.

Personal life

Haney was born in San Francisco and lived in California as a child, but moved with his father to Las Vegas. He started boxing at the age of seven. He converted to Islam in April 2021.

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
26 fights 26 wins 0 losses
By knockout 15 0
By decision 11 0
No. Result Record Opponent Type Round, time Date Location Notes
26 Win 26–0 Venezuela Jorge Linares UD 12 May 29, 2021 United States Michelob Ultra Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
25 Win 25–0 Cuba Yuriorkis Gamboa UD 12 Nov 7, 2020 United States Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
24 Win 24–0 Dominican Republic Alfredo Santiago UD 12 Nov 9, 2019 United States Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S. Retained WBC lightweight title
23 Win 23–0 Russia Zaur Abdullaev RTD 4 (12), 3:00 Sep 13, 2019 United States Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S. Won vacant WBC interim lightweight title
22 Win 22–0 Mexico Antonio Moran KO 7 (12), 2:32 May 25, 2019 United States 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 South Africa Xolisani Ndongeni UD 10 Jan 11, 2019 United States StageWorks, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S. Won vacant WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles
20 Win 20–0 Mexico Juan Carlos Burgos UD 10 Sep 28, 2018 United States Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S. Won vacant IBF North American lightweight title
19 Win 19–0 United States Mason Menard RTD 9 (10), 3:00 May 11, 2018 United States 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S. Won vacant IBFUSBA lightweight title
18 Win 18–0 Uganda Hamza Sempewo TKO 5 (6), 1:39 Nov 4, 2017 United States Buckhead Fight Club, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
17 Win 17–0 Mexico Enrique Tinoco UD 8 Sep 22, 2017 United States SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16 Win 16–0 Mexico Miguel Angel Perez Aispuro KO 5 (8), 1:51 Jun 24, 2017 United States Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
15 Win 15–0 Mexico Hector Garcia UD 8 Apr 15, 2017 Mexico Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico
14 Win 14–0 Mexico Maximino Toala TKO 4 (10), 1:34 Mar 4, 2017 Mexico Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico Won vacant WBC Youth lightweight title
13 Win 13–0 Mexico Daniel Armando Valenzuela KO 2 (8), 0:56 Jan 28, 2017 Mexico AS Boxing Arena, Tijuana, Mexico
12 Win 12–0 Mexico Odilon Rivera Meza TKO 1 (8), 1:49 Jan 12, 2017 Mexico Escape Bar, Tijuana, Mexico
11 Win 11–0 Mexico Carlos Antonio Avila TKO 5 (6), 1:45 Oct 21, 2016 Mexico Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico
10 Win 10–0 United States Mike Fowler TKO 5 (6), 1:19 Sep 15, 2016 United States 2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
9 Win 9–0 United States Carlos Castillo UD 6 Aug 27, 2016 United States The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8 Win 8–0 Mexico Javier Meraz TKO 2 (6), 1:45 Aug 12, 2016 Mexico Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico
7 Win 7–0 United States Clay Burns UD 6 Jun 25, 2016 United States Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
6 Win 6–0 United States Jairo Fernandez Vargas TKO 4 (6), 1:34 May 21, 2016 United States Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5 Win 5–0 Puerto Rico Rafael Vazquez UD 4 Apr 9, 2016 United States MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4 Win 4–0 Mexico Roman Melendez TKO 1 (6), 2:26 Mar 19, 2016 Mexico Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
3 Win 3–0 Mexico Jorge Edgar Sillas UD 6 Feb 20, 2016 Mexico Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
2 Win 2–0 Mexico Jose Iniguez TKO 1 (4), 1:36 Dec 18, 2015 Mexico Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
1 Win 1–0 Mexico Gonzalo Lopez TKO 1 (4), 0:33 Dec 11, 2015 Mexico Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
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