Devin Haney is just a few hours away from making his super lightweight debut. And while his focus is mainly on knocking off Regis Prograis, he knows that his name will always be linked to some of his contemporaries.
There are a few fighters that come to mind. Ryan Garcia, before Haney collected all of the lightweight hardware, was a fighter Haney wanted to eventually take on. But, with little to no negations taking place, their showdown was nothing more than a pipe dream.
Even now, with Garcia hoping for a matchup against Rolando “Rolly” Romero, Haney believes that at some point, they’ll meet up.
Recently, Haney was asked to put Prograis aside and place his attention on some of his young rivals. When asked to give his thoughts on Garcia and his overall skills, he was nothing but complimentary.
“I think he’s good,” said Haney recently. “I think he has skills, speed, power.”
Garcia, just last week, took care of business against Oscar Duarte, something Haney was visibly impressed by. With that said, he doesn't consider the 25-year-old an otherworldly talent. Gervonta Davis, on the other hand, is a different animal.
At 29, the pay-per-view star has racked up world titles in three separate divisions. In addition to filling up his trophy case with hardware, Davis has shown that his skills are second to none. Arguably, the Baltimore native put together his best year yet, stopping both Ryan Garcia and the previously undefeated Hector Luis Garcia.
Before officially making the move up in weight, Haney was hoping that both he and Davis would come to an agreement and battle it out. Nevertheless, with Haney taking his talents to 140 pounds, and eventually, to the welterweight division, he's losing hope that they’ll face off.
Still, despite both sides fulminating over who would actually win, Haney revealed that not only is Davis a great fighter, but he’s one of the best ever.
“He’s an all-time great.”