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Devin Haney vs. Luke Campbell For WBC Belt Possible, Says Hearn

By Radio Rahim

Eddie Hearn pulled off a big move last week when he signed up rising lightweight Devin Haney (21-0, 13 KOs) to a promotional agreement.

Haney will make his Matchroom debut on May 25th as part of the undercard to Oleksandr Usyk vs. Carlos Takam.

"Everyone wanted Devin Haney, from advisers, to managers, to promoters, that was a big coup for us. I'm glad Devin saw the vision with us. He's a new wave fighter, he's a new era fighter. He loves the idea of the streaming platform. He understands DAZN, he understands the model. He understands the business, so understands that it was good for him. Signing him was a big win for us. We're going to be pushing Devin Haney's profile to make him a star," Hearn said.

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Haney is highly ranked by the WBC at 135-pounds.

Mikey Garcia recently vacated his WBC lightweight strap - and the mandatory challenger is Olympic gold medal winner Luke Campbell.

Campbell, who is also promoted by Hearn, is ready to fight for the belt.

The World Boxing Council would likely order Campbell vs. Zaur Abullaev, who won't be available due to Ramadan. So if the sanctioning body goes down the rankings, Haney would be in line to fight for the belt.

"If the WBC goes down their rankings, which is what happens when there is a vacant title, it would be Luke Campbell against Abdullaev. Abdullaev is observing Ramadan, he wont be available until September - so it should be Luke Campbell against Devin Haney," Hearn said.

There is talk that the WBC would do a controversial move of sanctioning a fight between WBA, IBF champion Vasiliy Lomachenko and Campbell for the vacant WBC title - which Hearn does not agree with.

"There is talk of Lomachenko, but I don't think the WBC should order a fight between Luke Campbell and Lomachenko. They should order a fight between the two available fighters in the rankings, and that would be Campbell and Haney right now," Hearn said.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by john l on 04-29-2019

[QUOTE=Clegg;19701239]Wasn't expecting Haney to enter the title mix this year, not sure he beats Campbell at this stage but great fight to make. If Campbell wins in style then put him vs Loma but don't do it now while his…

Comment by angkag on 04-29-2019

Haney or Campbell getting the belt makes me think of Yafai and how he and his belt are being protected. Hearn was always willing to make Choc vs Yafai given that was the biggest ticket, so maybe Campbell/Haney winner will…

Comment by CocoonOfHorror on 04-29-2019

I believe the WBC will release new rankings in May. Teofimo just beat Tatli, so the WBC has a ready excuse if Arum can persuade them to elevate Lopez to #3 above Haney. Hearn's reaction would be priceless! I prefer…

Comment by Bronx2245 on 04-29-2019

Let's see who wins this battle, Arum or Hearn! I was hoping it would be Campbell vs. Lopez, but it doesn't seem possible since Lopez is ranked behind Haney! Good llick Devin!

Comment by Eff Pandas on 04-29-2019

Whatever happens why do I feel like the winner will be fighting Crolla inside of 12 months? I'm rooting on getting Haney vs Lopez although I know I'm dreaming with that sh^t. Would be a great prospect fight for a…

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