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Haney Reveals He Turned Back on Football Career For Boxing

Devin Haney can take a huge step towards becoming a World champion on Friday night – but the Lightweight sensation revealed on the debut episode of season two of Matchroom Boxing’s ‘Born Fighter’ show, he turned his back on football to dedicate his life to his dream of becoming a hall of fame fighter.

Haney (22-0 14 KOs) takes on Zaur Abdullaev (11-0 7 KOs) for the Interim WBC World Lightweight title at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden, New York live on DAZN in the US and on Sky Sports in the UK, with the winner hunting down a clash with newly-crowned champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

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The Las Vegas star has risen rapidly in the paid ranks since his pro debut at 17 years old in Mexico in December 2015 having dedicated his life to the sport, but in the first show of the new series of ‘Born Fighter’, Haney reveals he had to make a choice between boxing and football as a prodigious talent on the field – but as he fights in the biggest fight of his career just after the first weekend of the 100th NFL season, ‘The Dream’ doesn’t regret his decision to devote his life to the sweet science.

“I was a Running back, but I was the type of player that was the Running back, the Quarterback, the Wide receiver, the Safety, Middle linebacker – I played all positions, I was a one-man army!” said Haney. “I think that's why I love boxing so much, because everything is on me – win and it's because of me, lose it's because of me.

“I was good at football too, really good, and there came a point when I chose boxing over football. One day, I just quit football and I never went back to the field! I never went to practice, I just told myself to dedicate my life to boxing and I don't regret it for one second. I knew that if I dedicated myself early that it would pay off in the long run. I never really worried about ‘being a kid’ when I was growing up, I just wanted to fight.

“I always felt that I knew how to fight. I loved to fight. It was false confidence really as I didn't know what I was doing, but I knew what I was, and confidence can go a long way. Professional fighting? I don't know when I thought about that. I remember my first amateur fight and first tournament, my first national, my first trip overseas but I don't remember thinking 'I want to be a pro' but I was young and I dedicated myself to it at an early age.

“Once I started boxing I wasn't getting into trouble at school anymore and everything fell into place and I think that boxing helped me, but i don't think that I was ever going to go down a dark road like a lot of people say, I think that I would have done something positive with my life whatever happened.”

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by jondacon on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=BangEM;20051382]I played rugby in school, so you should know I know what I’m talking about. You wear protective gears in American football but in rugby, no gears are involved. And that’s what separate men in rugby and the feminine sissies…

Comment by _Rexy_ on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=Oldskoolg;20051790]110% truth. American heavyweights are now getting bachelors degrees and millions of dollars for far less pain[/QUOTE] former NFL players are in worse shape than boxers are TBH.

Comment by Zodogg on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=BangEM;20051382]I played rugby in school, so you should know I know what I’m talking about. You wear protective gears in American football but in rugby, no gears are involved. And that’s what separate men in rugby and the feminine sissies…

Comment by Oldskoolg on 09-12-2019

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20051857]You have no clue what you're talking about. Jarryd Hayne was a star in rugby league but couldn't cut it in the NFL when he played for the San Francisco 49ers. He said the hits were way harder and that…

Comment by Deontay Wilder on 09-11-2019

It's well known that America's top athletes play football, basketball, baseball. Our third-rate athletes take up boxing, and are still good enough to dominate.

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