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,[2] Transnational Boxing Rankings Board,[3] and BoxRec[4] and fifth by ESPN.[5]

Devin Haney
Devin Haney.jpg
Haney in 2021
Nickname(s)The Dream[1]
Height5 ft 8 in (173 cm)[1]
Reach71 in (180 cm)[1]
Born (1998-11-17) November 17, 1998 (age 23)
San Francisco, California, U.S.[1]
Boxing record
Total fights27
Wins by KO15

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 Mobile2013

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.[6]

On January 11, 2019, Haney dominated a very tough opponent in Xolisani Ndongeni on the way to a 10-round unanimous decision win.[7]

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.[8]

On September 13, 2019, Haney defeated Zaur Abdullaev (11–0) to win the vacant WBC interim lightweight title.[9]

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 Vasiliy Lomachenko was promoted to "Franchise Champion" by the WBC.[10]

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.[11] He maintained the title "champion in recess."[12]

Controversial comments about Vasiliy Lomachenko

In April 2020, Haney claimed that he could beat unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko during an interview with 78SportsTV.[13] 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.[13] 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."[14] 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.[14]

Haney vs. Gamboa

On October 2, 2020, it was revealed that Haney would make the second defense of his WBC lightweight title against the former unified featherweight titlist Yuriorkis Gamboa, on November 7, 2020. The bout was held at the Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida, and was broadcast by DAZN.[15][16] Most media members predicted an easy victory for the reigning champion,[17][18][19] which was reflected in the betting odds as well, with most odds-makers having Haney as a -5000 favorite.[20] Haney won the fight by a dominant unanimous decision, with two of the judges awarding him every single round of the fight, while the third judge scored it 118-109 in favor of Haney. Gamboa was deducted a point in the eleventh round for holding. Haney out-landed Gamboa 133 to 84 in total punches, and 82 to 63 in power punches landed.[21]

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.[22] He won by unanimous decision with the judges scoring the bout 116–112, 116–112, 115–113 in his favor.[23] 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.[23]

Haney vs. Diaz

Joseph Diaz had been scheduled to defend his WBC interim lightweight title against Ryan García on November 27, 2021, until García withdrew from the fight due to a hand injury.[24] This led to back and forth on social media between Haney and Diaz, culminating in an official announcement on November 3 that Diaz would now be challenging for Haney's full world title on December 4, instead of defending his interim title against García.[25] On the night, Haney defeated Diaz by unanimous decision, with scores of 117–111, 117–111, 116–112 in his favor. After the fight, the victor announced his desire to face unified champion George Kambosos Jr. for all four major world titles in the lightweight division, stating, "Let's do it for all the belts. The real undisputed."[26]

Personal life

Haney was born in San Francisco and lived in Oakland, California as a child, but moved with his father Bill to Las Vegas. He started boxing at the age of seven. He converted to Islam in April 2021.[27]

Professional boxing record

Professional record summary
27 fights27 wins0 losses
By knockout150
By decision120
No.ResultRecordOpponentTypeRound, timeDateLocationNotes
27Win27–0  Joseph DiazUD12Dec 4, 2021  MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC lightweight title
26Win26–0  Jorge LinaresUD12May 29, 2021  Michelob Ultra Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.Retained WBC lightweight title
25Win25–0  Yuriorkis GamboaUD12Nov 7, 2020  Hard Rock Live, Hollywood, Florida, U.S.Retained WBC lightweight title
24Win24–0  Alfredo SantiagoUD12Nov 9, 2019  Staples Center, Los Angeles, California, U.S.Retained WBC lightweight title
23Win23–0  Zaur AbdullaevRTD4 (12), 3:00Sep 13, 2019  Hulu Theater, New York City, New York, U.S.Won vacant WBC interim lightweight title
22Win22–0  Antonio MoranKO7 (12), 2:32May 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
21Win21–0  Xolisani NdongeniUD10Jan 11, 2019  StageWorks, Shreveport, Louisiana, U.S.Won vacant WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental lightweight titles
20Win20–0  Juan Carlos BurgosUD10Sep 28, 2018  Pechanga Resort & Casino, Temecula, California, U.S.Won vacant IBF North American lightweight title
19Win19–0  Mason MenardRTD9 (10), 3:00May 11, 2018  2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.Won vacant IBFUSBA lightweight title
18Win18–0  Hamza SempewoTKO5 (6), 1:39Nov 4, 2017  Buckhead Fight Club, Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.
17Win17–0  Enrique TinocoUD8Sep 22, 2017  SugarHouse Casino, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
16Win16–0  Miguel Angel Perez AispuroKO5 (8), 1:51Jun 24, 2017  Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa, Rancho Mirage, California, U.S.
15Win15–0  Hector GarciaUD8Apr 15, 2017  Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, Mexico
14Win14–0  Maximino ToalaTKO4 (10), 1:34Mar 4, 2017  Salon Sindicato Alba Roja, Tijuana, MexicoWon vacant WBC Youth lightweight title
13Win13–0  Daniel Armando ValenzuelaKO2 (8), 0:56Jan 28, 2017  AS Boxing Arena, Tijuana, Mexico
12Win12–0  Odilon Rivera MezaTKO1 (8), 1:49Jan 12, 2017  Escape Bar, Tijuana, Mexico
11Win11–0  Carlos Antonio AvilaTKO5 (6), 1:45Oct 21, 2016  Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico
10Win10–0  Mike FowlerTKO5 (6), 1:19Sep 15, 2016  2300 Arena, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
9Win9–0  Carlos CastilloUD6Aug 27, 2016  The Meadows Racetrack and Casino, Washington, Pennsylvania, U.S.
8Win8–0  Javier MerazTKO2 (6), 1:45Aug 12, 2016  Grand Hotel, Tijuana, Mexico
7Win7–0  Clay BurnsUD6Jun 25, 2016  Belle of Baton Rouge, Baton Rouge, Louisiana, U.S.
6Win6–0  Jairo Fernandez VargasTKO4 (6), 1:34May 21, 2016  Downtown Las Vegas Event Center, Las Vegas, Nevada, U.S.
5Win5–0  Rafael VazquezUD4Apr 9, 2016  MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, U.S.
4Win4–0  Roman MelendezTKO1 (6), 2:26Mar 19, 2016  Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
3Win3–0  Jorge Edgar SillasUD6Feb 20, 2016  Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
2Win2–0  Jose IniguezTKO1 (4), 1:36Dec 18, 2015  Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico
1Win1–0  Gonzalo LopezTKO1 (4), 0:33Dec 11, 2015  Billar El Perro Salado, Tijuana, Mexico

See also


  1. ^ a b c d e "Devin Haney". BoxRec. Retrieved May 10, 2019.
  2. ^ "Lightweight ratings". The Ring. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  3. ^ "TBRB rankings". Transnational Boxing Rankings Board. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  4. ^ "BoxRec ratings". BoxRec. Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  5. ^ "Divisional rankings -- The best top 10 fighters per division". Retrieved June 3, 2021.
  6. ^ "Devin Haney's ShoBox fight canceled". January 30, 2018. Retrieved December 12, 2019.
  7. ^ "Devin Haney outpoints Xolisani Ndongeni in first ShoBox main event of 2019". The Ring. January 11, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  8. ^ "Devin Haney scores vicious seventh-round KO of Antonio Moran". The Ring. May 25, 2019. Retrieved July 9, 2020.
  9. ^ "Haney vs Abdullaev: Punch-perfect Devin Haney stops Zaur Abdullaev to win WBC Interim belt". Sky Sports. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  10. ^ "WBC maps out next fights, strips Lomachenko". October 24, 2019. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  11. ^ "Haney eyes summer bout after shoulder surgery". January 29, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  12. ^ Morse, Ben. "Undefeated boxer denies being racist after saying he would 'never lose to a white boy'". CNN. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  13. ^ a b "Devin Haney criticised after claiming 'he would never lose to a white boy'". The Independent. April 19, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  14. ^ a b "Devin Haney 'rejects discrimination' after comments about Vasyl Lomachenko fight". BBC Sport. April 18, 2020. Retrieved April 19, 2020.
  15. ^ Kim, Steve. "Devin Haney-Yuriorkis Gamboa, Daniel Jacobs-Gabriel Rosado set for November". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  16. ^ Craine, Albert. "Devin Haney: I want to beat Yuriorkis Gamboa worse than he's ever been beaten". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  17. ^ Christ, Scott; Esco, Wil; Stumberg, Patrick L.; Watson, Lewis. "Haney vs Gamboa predictions, picks, who wins the fight?". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  18. ^ Payne, Leif. "Devin Haney VS. Yuriorkos Gamboa: Fight Preview". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  19. ^ Mason, Paul. "Devin Haney vs Yuriorkis Gamboa – Big Fight Preview & Predictions". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  20. ^ "Haney vs. Gamboa: Time, venue, net worth undercards, odds & more". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  21. ^ Woodyard, Eric. "Devin Haney defends WBC lightweight title with unanimous decision win over Yuriorkis Gamboa". Retrieved November 25, 2021.
  22. ^ "Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares: Date, fight time, TV channel and live stream | DAZN News US". DAZN. Retrieved May 26, 2021.
  23. ^ a b Staff, BoxingScene. "Devin Haney Boxes Past Jorge Linares For Unanimous Decision". Retrieved May 30, 2021.
  24. ^ "Hand injury forces postponement of Garcia-Diaz". October 15, 2021. Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  25. ^ Stumberg, Patrick L. (November 3, 2021). "Devin Haney vs Joseph Diaz Jr official, December 4th in Las Vegas". Bad Left Hook. Retrieved November 6, 2021.
  26. ^ "Devin Haney puts on the best performance of his career in win over Jo Jo Diaz Jr.; wants George Kambosos Jr. next for undisputed title | DAZN News US". DAZN. Retrieved December 5, 2021.
  27. ^ Haney, Devin [@Realdevinhaney] (May 22, 2021). "Thank you GOD (Allah) Alhamdulillah 🤲🏽" (Tweet). Retrieved May 30, 2021 – via Twitter.

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Sporting positions
Regional boxing titles
Title last held by
Ivan Redkach
IBFUSBA lightweight champion
May 11, 2018 – September 2018
Title next held by
Teófimo López
New title IBF North American
lightweight champion

September 28, 2018 – December 2018
Title last held by
Hurricane Futa
WBC International
lightweight champion

January 11, 2019 – July 2019
Title next held by
Viktor Kotochigov
Title last held by
Daud Yordan
WBO Inter-Continental
lightweight champion

January 11, 2019 – July 2019
Title next held by
Thomas Mattice
Title last held by
Joe Cordina
WBA International
lightweight champion

May 25, 2019 – August 2019
Title next held by
James Tennyson
World boxing titles
Title last held by
Omar Figueroa Jr.
WBC lightweight champion
Interim title

September 13, 2019 – October 23, 2019
Title next held by
Ryan García
Preceded by WBC lightweight champion
October 23, 2019 – December 12, 2019
Status changed to champion in recess
Title next held by
Title last held by
WBC lightweight champion
April 22, 2020 – December 22, 2021
Status changed to Pride champion
Succeeded by
Honorary boxing titles
Title last held by
Jorge Linares
WBC lightweight champion
In recess

December 12, 2019 – April 22, 2020