What’s Next for Devin Haney After Beating Jorge Linares?: Lopez, Garcia, Lomachenko, and Other Options

Published 05/30/2021, 2:30 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney looks on 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 put on an exemplary performance against Jorge Linares to defend his WBC lightweight title. The fight went for the distance, and as many expected, ‘The Dream’ came out right on top solidified his reign.

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This win was extremely vital for ‘The Dream’ as he’d faced no one as experienced and smart as Linares. That said, contending and winning against ‘El Nino de Oro’ was special in its own way for Haney. He’s now set himself up for a fight with the hotshots of his division. But who exactly should Haney face?

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A list of viable opponents for Devin Haney

Teofimo Lopez

Until now, the unified lightweight champ has traded enormous verbal blows with Haney. Furthermore, the pair have challenged each other for a gigantic clash, but that never came to fruition. However, the duo remains extremely keen to take each other on.

In three weeks from now, Lopez will box against George Kambosos Jr. for his mandatory title defense. He could secure the bout against ‘The Dream’ if he gets past ‘Ferocious’.

Vasyl Lomachenko

The former lightweight champion hasn’t stepped inside the ring ever since his loss to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020. However, ‘Loma’ is eager to reclaim his throne. Moreover, the only fight he’s asked for is a rematch with ‘The Takeover’. However, as Lopez is aligned for a fight on June 19, the Ukrainian boxer will have to wait and fight someone else.

A fight between him and Haney could be made, enabling the winner to earn his ticket to fight Lopez in an undisputed title bout.

Ryan Garcia

In January 2021, Garcia defeated Luke Campbell and claimed the WBC interim lightweight belt. Because of his win, he put himself on top of the contention to face Haney.

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Unfortunately, because of some uncertainties, the fight between the duo couldn’t materialize. As a result, the WBC stripped Ryan Garcia of his interim belt.

Now in order to face ‘The Dream’, he will have to win his comeback in grand fashion.

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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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