Former lightweight champion Devin Haney (24-0) is progressing well from right shoulder surgery after his November unanimous decision victory over Alfredo Santiago. He relinquished his title when he learned that his injury would require him to go under the knife and is now the champion in recess.
His father Bill recently said that a move to 140 may be necessary in his next fight because none of the top names in the lightweight division are willing to face him. Devin, however, said that there is only one name that he is willing to move up for at the moment.
“It’s so many big fights that can be made at 135 that it would be hard for me to go up to 140. I said that I would go up to 140 for one fight and that would be Mikey Garcia. Other than that I am just going to stay at 135,” said Haney.
Garcia was in action on February 29th when he scored a knockdown against Jessie Vargas in route to a unanimous decision in Frisco, Texas. Vargas was having a lot of success until he was caught and dropped in the 5th round.
“I think that Vargas was doing good. He was letting his hands go and using his speed. He was touching Garcia but Garcia, his ring IQ and his experience was the difference in the fight,” Haney told BoxingScene.com.
Haney is targeting a date in July for his return to the ring where he will have a chance to test out his shoulder. In a perfect world Haney would face Garcia after his summer bout.
“I wouldn’t say the July fight. I would need a fight back to get back in my groove and get back into the swing of things and after that I would love to. Me against Mikey Garcia is a huge fight and I would rather have a different type of opponent for my first fight back,” said Haney.
As far as the lightweight division, Vasiliy Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez are scheduled to face each other in a three belt unification fight. Haney says he isn't interested in that fight because Top Rank chairman Bob Arum has already said that he isn't interested in having either fighter face Haney anytime in the near future.
“I really don’t even care about they fight to honest. Neither one of those guys or Arum have no intentions of fighting me so I really don’t plan on speaking on it,” Haney stated.
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