Everything you need to know about two-division champion, Devin Haney.
|November 17, 1998
|San Francisco, California
|Las Vegas, Nevada
|31-0 (15 KOs)
Devin Haney began boxing at the age of seven and still works under the guidance of his trainer father, Bill.
Haney had an impressive amateur career as a teenager and faced Ryan Garcia three times as a youngster, winning two of those bouts.
The San Francisco native opted to turn professional as a 17-year-old in December 2015 and began his career away from the limelight in Tijuana, Mexico, as he was too young to obtain a boxing licence in most US states due to his age.
Haney has four fights from that period in his career listed as official results on Boxrec, with three first round victories and one success on points.
In 2016, Haney was able to fight in his home country and he made his US debut with a points victory over Rafael Vazquez on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs Timothy Bradley III.
Haney then faced five opponents with winning records as he continued to establish himself as one to watch in the lightweight division. In 2017, he returned to Tijuana and captured the vacant WBC Youth lightweight title with a fourth round stoppage of Maximino Toala.
In 2019, Haney joined British promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Sport stable and made a big statement in his first fight under his new promoters, stopping Antonio Moran with a brutal seventh-round knockout.
That success set up a world title shot as he challenged for the vacant interim WBC belt and he made it two stoppage wins in as many fights by ending the challenge of the previously unbeaten Zaur Abdullaev in four rounds in September 2019.
Soon after Haney earned the distinction of becoming the youngest world champion in the sport as he was elevated to the full WBC lightweight champion, rather than interim, as the previous champion Vasiliy Lomachenko was promoted to "Franchise Champion" by the governing body.
Haney was back in the ring in November of 2019 as he defended his title for the first time against Alfredo Santiago. Haney won by unanimous decision, ending Santiago’s unbeaten record, but injured his shoulder during the fight and was sidelined until the following year, although the WBC allowed him to keep the title as a "champion in recess."
Haney returned in the summer of 2020 with a clash against the experienced Yuriorkis Gamboa, a former unified featherweight world champion. He claimed a dominant unanimous decision victory - with two of the three judges awarding him every round, before facing another experienced veteran in the shape of Venezuela’s Jorge Linares.
The match-up with Linares was viewed as potentially Haney’s toughest test to date and that proved to be the case. Haney appeared to be in control for large periods but was caught by an excellent combination from the former three-weight world champion in the 10th round, with Linares then dominating from that point on as Haney held on to record a unanimous decision win.
Haney faced interim WBC lightweight champion Joseph Diaz next, claiming a unanimous decision victory, before setting his sights on unifying the division.
After beating Diaz, Haney announced his intention to unify the division by stating he was targeting “all the belts."
The American faced off against Australia’s George Kambosos Jr as an away fighter in Melbourne in June 2022 and produced a dominant performance to win via unanimous decision, with the judges scoring the fight 116–112 (twice) and 118–110.
Haney became the first undisputed lightweight champion in the four-belt era but he was forced to back up the victory as Kambosos exercised an automatic rematch clause.
The pair met again in Melbourne in October 2022 and Haney’s victory was once again emphatic, with scores of 118–110 (twice) and 119–109.
Haney’s biggest win came in his latest bout as he overcame Ukrainian sensation and former unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision.
The bout was closely contested throughout but all three judges scored the fight in Haney’s favor. For his part, Lomachenko believed he had done enough to win and suggested he would launch an appeal. A rematch was briefly mooted, but instead Haney opted to step up to super lightweight in a bid to become a two-weight world champion.
The WBC title is no longer in Haney’s possession, but he does hold the IBF, WBA and WBO titles in that division at present.
In his first fight at 140 pounds, Haney put on what many have tabbed a virtuoso performance, defeating Regis Prograis via unanimous decision in December 2023.
With the victory, Haney captured Prograis' WBC junior welterweight title to become a two-division champion.
Devin Haney's net worth is estimated to be around $7 million.
Devin Haney has fought on various networks over the year. His most recent fight against Regis Prograis was shown by DAZN as a PPV event.
Devin Haney is trained by his father, Bill, and British trainer Ben Davison - who has worked with the likes of Tyson Fury, Josh Taylor and Anthony Joshua.
Haney has did some work with Freddie Roach in the build-up to his fight with Regis Prograis.
Devin Haney does not currently have a fight scheduled.
After defeating Regis Prograis in December 2023, he is likely to target the other champions in the division and a showdown with Teofimo Lopez would perhaps be the biggest draw. Haney could also return to lightweight and attempt to reclaim the WBC belt from Shakur Stevenson.
Won 2013 US Junior National Selection Tournament
Won 2014 USA Junior National Championships
Won 2014 Ringside World Championships
Won 2015 USA Youth National Championships
Current WBC Super-lightweight Champion
Former IBF, WBA Super, WBO Lightweight Champion
Former Unified Lightweight World Champion
Former WBC Youth Lightweight World Champion
No. 7 on The Ring Magazine’s Pound-For-Pound Rankings List