REPORTS: Devin Haney Gets Clear About His New Coach

Published 05/17/2021, 2:45 AM EDT
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)


WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney will return to action against Jorge Linares on May 29. Ahead of his comeback, a lot has been reported about his training camp. Per several reports, Haney has parted ways with his father and has opted for a new head coach.

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As Devin Haney has been honed by his father, these new reports were surprising for the whole combat world. However, ‘The Dream’, who shed light on the issue, denied making such moves.

Per the undefeated 135 lbs titlist, his father is still on his side and he has made no major changes regarding his training camp. The 22-year-old turned to social media and wrote, “Let’s be clear my father is my coach! I keep reading headlines saying I have a new coach!”

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Devin Haney was spotted training with Ben Davison for his nearing clash against Linares. Hence, several people believed that he changed his stable. However, it seems Davison is just an addition to Haney’s stellar corner.

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Boasting of 15 KOs in a record of 25-0, several fans had ridiculed Haney’s latest win over Yuriorkis Gamboa. Despite winning the fight, ‘The Dream’ couldn’t finish things before the final bell. Hence, the boxing world seemed to belittle Devin Haney’s knockout ability.

Now, his upcoming fight will be crucial, as he will look to get the KO, thereby making himself viable for unification bouts or a mandatory defense.

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After a win over Gamboa, Haney could have boxed in a unification bout against several lightweight titleholders. The most appropriate matchup appeared to be against Ryan Garcia, who claimed the WBC Interim belt to mandate his spot for a title shot.

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Garcia apparently avoided the fight and called out Manny Pacquiao and Gervonta Davis. Adding to that, unified titlist Teofimo Lopez was also rumored to lock horns against Haney.

However, none of the fights came to fruition and Jorge Linares received the shot at the title. Although Haney remains the favorite in the mix, Linares can rightly land an upset and shock the world. It remains to be seen what Devin and Bill Haney can do to thwart the challenger.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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