Was Devin Haney’s Father, Bill Haney, a Boxer?

Published 05/28/2021, 12:30 PM EDT
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)


Devin Haney had his father Bill Haney throughout his journey to the world title. Although reports swirled that Haney retired from his role as ‘The Dream’s head trainer, the father-son bond continues to nurture the WBC champion’s boxing career.

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22-year-old Haney was born when their parents already had a scratch in their relationship. However, their separation didn’t stop the young kid from attaining his dreams. As he worked to become a champion boxer, Bill Haney shaped him up thoroughly.

He taught Devin Haney all the tactics and skills that turned ‘The Dream’ into an undefeated prodigy. But that draws more attention towards Bill Haney. There’s no denying he is a splendid trainer, but did he ever actually lace up a boxing glove as a professional pugilist?

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There are minimal reports about Bill Haney, Devin Haney’s father. Several video clips cite how Bill Haney passed all his skills to his son. However, these all were from a trainer who didn’t enter the ring as a professional.

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Who is Devin Haney’s mother?

Unlike Bill Haney, very little is known about Devin Haney’s mother April Clay. According to Live RampUp, Clay and Bill Haney separated when Devin Haney was born. However, they remained in touch and have always been supportive of their son’s boxing career.

In 2019, the media spotted April Clay in Haney’s green room after the boxer vanquished Xolisani Ndongeni for the WBC (International) and WBC (Intercontinental) 135 lbs titles. The proud mother tagged him as a “bad boy”. She also hailed Haney’s surrounding team, including Bill Haney for the success.

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Meanwhile, ‘The Dream’ has won four more fights since then, adding the WBC world lightweight to his name. With the title and a 25-fight unbeaten run, Haney is already a superstar in the making. There are several big matchups ahead on his list, and the correct steps would see his star rise even further.

Do you think Devin ‘The Dream’ will go down as one of the best boxers of the era?

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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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