It seems as if Adrien Broner and Devin Haney will be relegated to going at it on social media.
Broner dismissed the possibility of facing Haney during his appearance on the newest episode of Brian Custer’s podcast, “The Last Stand.” The former four-division champion cannot see how boxing the 21-year-old Haney would be worthwhile at this point his career.
Las Vegas’ Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) holds the WBC world lightweight title and is commonly considered one of the top 135-pound performers in the sport. The risk still won’t outweigh the potential reward, according to Broner (33-4-1, 24 KOs, 1 NC).
“I don’t need a Devin Haney,” Broner told Showtime’s Custer. “Devin Haney need Adrien Broner. I don’t need a Devin Haney. I don’t need no Devin Haney. What do that – let’s be honest, what do I get out of knocking out Devin Haney? Nothing. Everybody gonna be like, ‘Hey, he was supposed to do that. He’s bigger, faster, stronger. He just did what he was supposed to do.’ I’ve got everything to lose against a Devin Haney. I got nothing to win from that.”
The 5-feet-8 Haney stands two inches taller than Broner, but Broner has fought as high as the welterweight limit of 147 pounds. Broner hasn’t competed within the lightweight division in 7½ years.
Regardless, Broner and Haney are headed in less intriguing directions for their next fights.
Haney is expected to defend his WBC title against Cuban contender Yurkiorkis Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) on November 7 at an undetermined site. DAZN would stream Haney-Gamboa as a main event, assuming they finalize contracts for their 12-round, 135-pound title fight.
Broner, meanwhile, is likely to end roughly a two-year layoff at some point in January. Stephen Espinoza, Showtime’s president of sports and event programming, informed BoxingScene.com recently that they’re in the process of determining who Broner will box in his comeback bout on that network.
Broner acknowledged during the aforementioned interview with Custer that he’d gladly settle another social media disagreement with Ukraine’s Ivan Redkach (23-5-1, 18 KOs, 1 NC) when he returns to the ring. Showtime televised Redkach’s last fight, a 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat to Danny Garcia (36-2, 21 KOs) on January 25 at Barclays Center in Brooklyn.
Cincinnati’s Broner hasn’t fought since Filipino icon Manny Pacquiao (62-7-2, 39 KOs) soundly defeated him by unanimous decision in a 12-rounder that headlined Showtime Pay-Per-View’s card in January 2019 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.