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Is Devin Haney a Champion in Boxing?

Published 11/30/2021, 8:26 AM EST

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Devin Haney is one of the few boxers who can hook in millions of fans with his sublime boxing skills. Over the course of his boxing run, Haney locked horns with some highly talented technicians. In all of his fights, he always showed up with his best game plans. That said, with his smart ring IQ, and substantial power, ‘The Dream’ has pinned himself as one emerging icon of the sport.

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But do you know more about Haney and his boxing stint? Is ‘The Dream’ a world champion or has he been a world champion?

To clear the confusion, let’s look at some vital information about the American boxer.


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Devin Haney division: What’s his weight class? 

Right from the beginning of his boxing career, Haney had his attention keenly set on the lightweight roster. That said, all of his performances and wins came in at this landscape only.

Is Devin Haney undefeated? 

‘The Dream’ exhibits a clean record of 26 wins with absolute 0 losses. Moreover, none of Haney‘s opponents could get close to finishing him inside the squared circle.

How did Devin Haney become the champion? 

Haney won the WBC interim lightweight belt by beating Zaur Abdullaev. Post that, he was all set to lock horns with the then WBC champ, Vasyl Lomachenko. However, the Ukrainian boxer and his team requested the WBC to promote him as the newly formed ‘Franchise Champion’.

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Haney then got promoted as the WBC lightweight champ. He even defended this strap against Alfredo Santiago. Later, the WBC ordered him to face Javier Fortuna. Unfortunately, due to an injury, Haney had to withdraw from the contest. Hence, he was made the ‘champion in recess’.


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Later, the WBC aligned Luke Campbell and Javier Fortuna for the vacant WBC lightweight title, with Haney fighting the winner. But, Covid-19 poured cold water on this matchup. As a result, the WBC again promoted ‘The Dream’ as the ultimate champion via an email.

Devin Haney titles: How many belts has he won? 


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In 2019, Haney won the WBC interim lightweight title. Post that, he got promoted as the WBC lightweight champ, and until now, he has retained that belt.

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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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