‘I Broke My Hand’ – Devin Haney Explains Why He Was Not 100% Against Yuriorkis Gamboa

Published 03/16/2021, 11:00 AM EDT


Devin Haney ranks among the most debatable talents in boxing at present. By adding constant wins to his resume, Haney holds the WBC lightweight title under his wing, coupled with an undefeated stint. In his last fight against Yuriorkis Gamboa, the ‘Dream’ defended his title for the very first time, claiming a unanimous decision win.

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However, in a recent chat with FightHype, Haney unveiled some shocking news pertaining to that fight.

He said, “Lot of people don’t know in that fight I broke my hand, like probably like two or three months before the fight or whatever. So I wasn’t 100 percent going into the fight.

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It was my right hand, it was the same arm, same hand that the shoulder was on so just going into it my right hand wasn’t that strong. But I still landed some good shots, and I still felt like I put on a great master class boxing lesson,” he added.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Devin Haney celebrates his victory over Rafael Vazquez in their super featherweight fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Despite a broken hand, Haney fought his heart out. Not even for a second, did he look like he was getting drained. Instead, as the rounds progressed, the young gun picked up the pace and gave his extreme best in the 12-round tussle.

With a win in this fight, he improved his track record to 25-0. Moreover, Haney looks even stronger than before to defend his titles yet again.

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Can Devin Haney walk down as the undisputed king of the 135-pound division?

At such a young age, the ‘Dream’ already has a jostling career. The Californian has unmatched prowess, but he hasn’t really confronted the big-wigs of his division.

The lightweight roster is filled with undefeated boxers and there are several eye-catchy matchups for Haney in the same.

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Teofimo Lopez, Vasyl Lomachenko, and Ryan Garcia are some ecstatic pugilists with whom Haney will matchup up really well.

Moreover, he is in talks to stage a title defense fight against Jorge Linares by mid-2021.

It will be interesting to see how things play out for the WBC champion and whom he confronts this year.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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