“Stop Acting Like That” – Jermall Charlo Gets Real With Devin Haney

Published 03/05/2021, 7:59 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney trains during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)


WBC’s lightweight champion and middleweight champion- Devin Haney and Jermall Charlo recently connected via face time, posing their honest opinion on the ongoing lightweight scenario. While Haney has accused several 135 pounders of ducking him, Charlo passed on the blame to the ‘Dream’, turning the conversation a little heated.

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Jermall Charlo pointed out at Haney’s WBC title and enquired why would anyone duck him, especially when he has the belt. But Haney had an appropriate response to it, and he pictured his position amongst the other pugilists at 135 lbs.

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“They wanna fight you, stop acting like (that). You got the belt, who don’t want the belt?” said Charlo.

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Meanwhile, Devin Haney said that none of the lightweights wants to deal with him. He also blamed the franchise belts for running his spot. Although Haney is the sole WBC champion at 135 lbs, Teofimo Lopez has another WBC (franchise) belt. So, it might bring some confusion in determining the WBC lightweight title picture.

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)

However, he still revealed his desirable fights ahead and named Teofimo Lopez or Vasyl Lomachenko to be his likely contenders. Being the WBC champions, it makes sense for Lopez and Haney to clash.

Meanwhile, Lomachenko is also looking for a relevant contender and a fight against Haney would give him the chance of becoming a champion again. That said, Teofimo Lopez has already bagged a fight against George Kambosos. So, it leaves Vasyl Lomachenko as the only relevant contender for Haney.

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Devin Haney and the lightweight division

Despite bagging a lopsided win against Yuriorkis Gamboa in his last appearance, Devin Haney has faced severe criticisms from the fans. He couldn’t claim the win via stoppage and fans ridiculed the performance, comparing it with Gervonta Davis’ KO.

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Meanwhile, Ryan Garcia became the WBC Interim champion after beating Luke Campbell, mandating his spot to challenge for the WBC title. But, he avoided Haney and called out Gervonta Davis. So, it seemed like the 135 lbs division is unhappy with ‘The Dream’.

However, as he is still the unbeaten world champion, we can expect a big comeback from him in the coming days.

Do you think Devin Haney is taking the right steps at 135 lbs?

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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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