Bradley Warns Haney About Taking A Break From Boxing – ‘I Don’t Think It’s A Good Look’

June 22, 2024
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Bradley Warns Haney About Taking A Break From Boxing - 'I Don’t Think It’s A Good Look'

Tim Bradley has advised Devin Haney over taking an extended time off from boxing. 

Haney suggested the idea in response to Ryan Garcia’s one-year ban after he tested positive for Ostarine. The ban meant that Haney’s loss was overturned, becoming a no-contest, as he remains undefeated with a 31-0 record. Garcia must pay Golden Boy Promotions $1.1 million from his purse, which Haney may get a percentage of. Ryan also has to pay a $10,000 state fine.

Haney has been ordered to face Sandor Martin, his WBC Junior Welterweight Champion mandatory. Top Rank won the purse bids with a $2.42 million bid. Since Matchroom Boxing did not bid for the fight, Haney was unhappy. Eddie Hearn did not see the fight doing well for them. Haney could respond by vacating and then moving up to 147. He has been linked with a fight against the new WBC Welterweight Champion Mario Barrios.

Barrios was elevated as a champion after Terence Crawford became a Champion in Recess once he moved up to 154. Haney took a lot of punishment in the Garcia fight, as he was dropped three times on his way to a majority decision loss. The time off could help him recuperate. But Bradley has questioned this decision.

Bradley On Haney

“You want to take one year or two years. I don’t think it’s a good look. I know he’s young, 25 or 26. Take your little break. Maybe take a year or or two years. Why? What for? Fighters have got to understand that not all fights are created equally. If you make $5 million to fight a fight, and then you go fight a mandatory challenger. It’s not the same.

“You’re not going to make $6 million or $5 million. That’s not how it works. That’s the level. $1.5 million. That’s what it is Take it or leave it. If you don’t like it, get rid of the belt, but I don’t think Devin is going to be at 140. I think 140 is out the window. I think he moves up to 147. We’ll see what he does there,” Bradley said

The danger of taking a break is that Haney will further damage his commercial value. His boxing style does not resonate with the casuals, making it hard for Haney to justify big purses in negotiations. That has prevented the Gervonta Davis fight from being made. Haney requested the same deal Garcia got for that fight, which earned him $30 million.

Haney’s Steps

It suggests that Haney needs the right dance partner to make the big fights. Taking a break allows other fighters in the division to build their brand and get a step ahead. Haney is also 25 years old, meaning he still has plenty left in his career. He became the youngest undisputed champion of the four-belt era when he won all the belts at lightweight, beating George Kambosos Jr. He then became a two-weight world champion, beating Regis Prograis in his first fight at 140. Bradley felt Haney had to get the balance right while taking time off. 

“Take a year off, rest up, and enjoy your life. Take care of yourself because you did take somewhat of a beating, and then get back in there. Don’t leave your good years behind. You’re just barely getting in your prime, and you’re young enough. You got to be mentally tough and you got to have heart,” Bradley added

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