WBC Could Order Devin Haney Vs. Sandor Martin
The news follows Haney’s dominant win over Regis Prograis, which made him a two-division champion. Prior to Prograis facing Haney, he was on course to face Martin since he was the mandatory. And since the WBC allowed Regis to swerve Martin, the same is not expected to happen again.
Therefore, unless Haney defends the belt, he would be stripped. That news may complicate Haney’s plans moving forward. After the Prograis win, all eyes turned towards the next move. Haney could have a big unification fight at 140 with either Teofimo Lopez, Subriel Matias or Rolando Romero.
At the same time, there is a possibility that he will move up to 147 if Terence Crawford moves up and vacates his belts. Outside of that, a lucrative fight with Ryan Garcia has also been mentioned. King Ryan and Haney have history, having fought each other six times in the amateurs. Their current record stands at 3-3, which is why there is a narrative in place for them to run things back. And by the looks of it, Garcia is confident it will happen next year.
Garcia On Haney
“This was Devin at his finest but his finest is something that can put people to sleep that is watching. I know what he’s missing. He can have it one day but he don’t have it right now. Make your assumptions[.] I can’t wait to get it active with him!!!!
“HaneyPrograis Haney is Good no doubt but I know him all to[o] well and I will beat him,” Garcia wrote in another post. “Good stuff tonight congrats but this year we are going to run it!!!” One thing is certain in my eyes is that Haney and I will fight in 2024. You can hold me to it unless it’s not in God’s will,” Garcia said
But before those options can even be considered, it is essential to note that Martin will pose a tough test. His record stands at 41-3, with his notable loss coming at the hands of Teofimo Lopez. Despite that, the Spaniard pushed Lopez as he came out second best in a split-decision loss.
In addition, since he is a southpaw, that would give Haney something else to be wary about. However, when it comes to selling a PPV, that is unlikely to go down well. Martin is a small name, while the boxing community had just paid to see Haney on PPV against Prograis, which was a much bigger event.
So, moving forward, it is a question of whether Haney can secure something bigger than facing Martin. He has spoken about making the most significant fights for the most amount of money, which is why there may be better candidates than Martin. Either way, the future looks bright for ‘Team Haney.’
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