Devin Haney is the talk of boxing following a superb win over Regis Prograis to become a two-weight world champion at just 25-years-old.
‘The Dream’ dominated Prograis, knocking him down on the way to as wide a unanimous decision as they come. He now has a mandatory challenger in Sandor Martin, but is also expected to explore fights with Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia.
Speaking on Tha Boxing Voice, Haney’s father and trainer Bill seems open to any and all comers, saying ‘it would be an honour’ to face Conor Benn at 147lbs despite having just one fight at 140.
“To be in the ring or their presence, the Benn family, they’re boxing royalty, bro, that would be an honour.”
Responding to the comments on X, Benn said that a fight with Chris Eubank Jr was still not signed and that he would happily have Haney in the opposite corner instead.
“Eubank’s lost his pen again so if you fancy Feb 3 at spurs Devin Haney I’ll welcome you to the 147 division.”
— Conor Nigel Benn (@ConorNigel) December 11, 2023
Promoter Eddie Hearn tells Boxing Social that Benn will fight on that date no matter what, although he still has some hurdles to overcome to make it in the UK.
Whilst the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium has long been a target, the British Boxing Board of Control’s latest update on the matter was that the 26-year-old had been denied a license to fight as his appeal stemming from the doping case in 2022 is still ongoing.
That positive drug test result saw Benn’s October 2022 fight with Eubank postponed, and both teams have been working on rescheduling it recently. This latest update from the undefeated fighter doesn’t look good.
Announcements are expected, nay needed, soon should Benn indeed be out in the second month of next year.
As for the Haney call out, it’s unlikely. Whilst the American has made it clear he intends to tackle welterweight in the future, he’s unlikely to move straight there after only fighting only once at super-lightweight, especially looking so good doing it.