Devin Haney is the Eddie Hearn prodigy with fearsome knockout power trained by Floyd Mayweather and is aiming to become billionaire boxer
Devin Haney is a prodigy in boxing who hasn’t nearly commanded the attention he should yet.
Think about this: he has a record of 24-0 (15 KOs) at just 21 years old and is already the WBC lightweight champion.
In a sport where actions speak louder than words, he’s had an astounding start to his professional career.
To do what he’s doing in, arguably, the most competitive division in the world should not be understated.
He’s not managed by Floyd Mayweather like Gervonta Davis. He’s not an amateur sensation and pound-for-pound king like Vasyl Lomachenko. He is a young prodigy like Teofimo Lopez, but Lopez just dethroned Lomachenko to firmly take control of that mantle.
With Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia also in the division and vying for the WBC’s interim lightweight title – yes WBC, have about four world champions, but that’s another conversation – you can see the talent levels run deep.
In 2019 when Haney was at 21-0, Matchroom Boxing boss Eddie Hearn swooped in to make Haney the crown jewel of his American operation and swiftly led him to world title glory.
Even Hearn could not believe Haney was flying under the radar for so many fans and purists alike.
“Where I come from in England, if we had a star like this, the country would be going mad. So you guys need to get behind Devin Haney because let me tell you, America has a superstar on their hands.”
Hearn said those comments after watching Haney produce a knockout of the year contender against Antonio Moran on his DAZN debut in 2019.
“That was like watching an artist draw a beautiful picture and then at the end just sign his name off and walk away into the night.”
As you can see, Haney carries the necessary power to put people to bed in much the same way ‘Tank’ Davis demonstrated against Leo Santa Cruz in October.
Interestingly, although Mayweather represents rival Davis, the 50-0 all-time great has been in the gym training Haney this year.
At the time, many fans were confused. Surely it’s a conflict of interest for Mayweather to be helping a divisional rival of his fighter, but ‘Money’ explained Haney was hungry for his help and the former five-weight champion simply wants to give back to young fighters.
“It’s obvious that I’m giving back this world,” he said. “It’s a black kid that asked for my advice and asked for my help. Haney don’t need to fight one more fight at 135 [lbs], he’s going to 140 [lbs].
“Gervonta Davis fights at what? He fights at 130 [lbs]. All I’m doing is helping a young black kid become successful.
“At the end of the day, I want the best for all these fighters. There’s no difference from my end. Everybody else support their own first.”
To correct Mayweather, Davis did fight at 130, but he now fights at 135. While Mayweather may be laying the groundwork for a future partnership with the hungry Haney, Hearn has the young fighter locked in for a while yet.
Given he delivered on his early promises and Haney already has a belt around his waist, the partnership seems to be working out just like Haney hoped.
“I’m excited about my multi-million dollar partnership with Matchroom Boxing,” Haney said at the announcement of his signing.
“All this hard work is finally paying off. This is a huge chapter in my career. I have a co-promotional deal with Matchroom Boxing, Eddie Hearn is the perfect guy for me to go in business with.”
What’s next? Ironically enough, Haney wants to emulate Mayweather’s box office aura in the sport and become the first billionaire boxer.
That starts with the defence of his WBC lightweight title this Saturday against 38-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa, a man Davis beat prior to knocking out Santa Cruz.
“Obviously, a win gives me my second world title defence which is very important to me,” he said about the upcoming bout.
“Title defences shows a lot about what kind of fighter you really are. I don’t care how you won it or who you won it from… can you defend the world title against all challengers? That’s what I represent as a throwback champion.
“You can have a strategy to get there but when you become a champion you become a target. Tank Davis, Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia are all great potential opponents for me. I’d rather fight sooner than later but they have to feel the same way about me.
“I have a goal to be the first billionaire boxer, and to do that I have to put forth billion-dollar performances. That’s exactly what I’m going to do on November 7th in Miami.”