“Rest in Power”: Boxing World Joins Devin Haney in Mourning the Sad Demise of His Grandmother

Published 03/04/2024, 10:22 AM EST

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The Haney family, who had been ecstatic over Devin’s first title defense in April, were met with terrible news over the weekend. In a saddening turn of events, Devin Haney revealed his grandmother, Renee Jannah, has passed on. And the boxing world promptly came to support ‘The Dream.’

Following the tweet from Haney today, WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman, too, paid his condolences to Devin Haney on social media. “On behalf of all the members of the WBC family, I wish to express our deepest condolences to William Haney and our champion Devin and pray for [the] eternal rest of Renee Jannah,” wrote Sulaiman. 

Honoring Grandma Renee Jannah: A Family’s Tribute on Social Media


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Moments before his post became public, Devin’s father, Bill Haney, turned to Instagram, penning a gracious message for his mother. He wrote, “Alahamdulillah. My Mom taught us [so] much, and she will be missed by me for the rest of my life. From Allah, she came, and to Allah, she will return. Inshallah. AllahuAkbar.”


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Renee was often seen at Devin’s matches including his last fight in December against Regis Prograis. Remembering his grandmother, Devin wrote on X, “May Allah grant my Grandma Renee Jannah.. she raised strong sons & grandsons, we will forever miss you.” However, Haney wasn’t alone in celebrating the life of his beloved grandmother. Seeing the post, fans could not help but join them in mourning his grandmother’s passing. 


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Fan tells Devin Haney: “Keep your head up”

Over the years, the super lightweight champion has built up a devoted following online, who wish nothing but the best for Haney and his family. So, after Jannah’s passing, they chimes in with words to comfort the WBC champion. While conveying their condolences, one user seemed confident Devin Haney would carry on Jannah’s legacy.

Another user proposed Haney should credit his upcoming fight and subsequent win over Ryan Garcia to his late grandmother to acknowledge her influence on Haney’s life.

Someone else tried their best to motivate Haney while asking ‘The Dream’ to keep moving forward. 

The next user wished for peace in death for Haney’s grandmother. It was a very common sentiment expressed in many of the tweets online. 

While others paid their respects and tried to motivate Haney, this user recollected the time when he had met Haney’s grandmother after his tenth or so fight. The user revealed she was a very sweet human being. 


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Beyond the ropes, Devin Haney shared a profound bond with his grandmother that shaped his career in a very significant way. So, in the wake of Haney’s heartbreaking loss, the boxing world came together to pay their respects to Renee Jannah. Do you have any words of condolences for Devin Haney’s grandmother? 

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Sudeep Sinha


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Sudeep Sinha is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports. His string of noteworthy coverages includes USA Boxing’s new controversial guidelines, Francis Ngannou’s stunning boxing debut, and Amanda Serrano’s tussle with the WBC. Sudeep continues to contribute valuable insights with his passionate understanding of the ins and outs of the sport.
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