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Fortuna's Promoter Wants Luke Campbell First, Then Devin Haney

Promoter Sampson Lewkowicz is issuing the following statement regarding Devin Haney’s petition to face number one contender Javier Fortuna immediately when boxing resumes.

Last December, Haney underwent shoulder surgery, which prompted the WBC to designate him a "champion in recess" during his recovery and order a fight between their top two contenders, the Dominican Republic’s Javier Fortuna and England’s Luke Campbell, for the vacant lightweight championship.

However, the COVID-19 pandemic has halted all boxing and the Fortuna vs. Campbell fight has been postponed indefinitely, which has given Haney adequate time to recover. Haney is now asking the WBC to forego the fight for the vacant championship and instead let him face Fortuna immediately upon boxing’s return.

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Lewkowicz, the long-time exclusive promoter of Fortuna, says he prefers to stick with the WBC ruling and have the winner of Fortuna and Campbell move on to face Haney.

WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, in several interviews, said there is a high likelihood that Haney will be reinstated as champion once he reviews the medical documents received from Haney's team.

Lewkowicz is willing to compromise, where Haney would defend the belt - if he agrees in writing to face the Fortuna-Campbell winner.

“Haney vs. Fortuna will be a spectacular fight when it happens, however, we already have a signed contract to fight Luke Campbell,” said Lewkowicz. “I am happy to hear that Devin Haney has had a successful recovery, but I suspect the WBC will not go back on their ruling simply because it is more convenient to one fighter.

“I propose that Fortuna and Campbell face off for the interim title and the winner must agree to fight Devin Haney within 90 days. I further propose to let Devin Haney rightfully defend his title against a contender the WBC mandates if he agrees to face the Fortuna vs. Campbell winner next. In fact, it would be a fantastic opportunity for the WBC to show off the incredible talent in their lightweight division if both fights happened on the same show, making two fantastic main events in one night.”

Lewkowicz says he will abide by any ruling the WBC makes, but expects his Dominican power puncher will be in the ring with Campbell before the explosive showdown with Haney.

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Comment by EDDIE SPERM on 04-11-2020

[QUOTE=F l i c k e r;20508583]Got damn, everyone wants to fight Campbell first. I guess he's the gate keeper to the division huh?[/QUOTE] His name speaks volumes, Campbell, soup in a can. Dude's a journeyman/tomato can LMAO

Comment by F l i c k e r on 04-10-2020

Got damn, everyone wants to fight Campbell first. I guess he's the gate keeper to the division huh?

Comment by Ajvar on 04-10-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20508047]Haney vs Abdullaev was supposed to be a final eliminator to name the mandatory to Lomachenko's WBC belt. The WBC said they had a conversation with Top Rank and Lomachenko about their intentions in the lightweight division. Based on that…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 04-10-2020

[QUOTE=Ajvar;20508001]He did not drop the belt. Haney was elwvated to full belt when Loma received Franchise status. Interim belt was to secure a fight between two Top-4 WBC fighters despite other two (Lopez/Campbell) not fighting each other in a "tourney…

Comment by Ajvar on 04-10-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20507663]Haney vs Abdullaev was for an interim title because Lomachenko dropped the belt. Campbell vs Fortuna shouldn't be for an interim title because Haney isn't dropping the belt and he is active/available to defend it.[/QUOTE] He did not drop the…

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