A former pound-for-pound superstar has continued his pursuit of a major event against one of boxing’s biggest names in Devin Haney, as he bids to return to the peak of the sport.
Adrien Broner knocked out Khabib Allakhverdiev in 2015 to claim the vacant WBA super-lightweight title, but lost the belt on the scales just six months later ahead of his first defence against Ashley Theophane.
Broner fought for just the second time in five years when he defeated Bill Hutchinson back in June, but his name, past and marketability places him in a position where he remains one of the biggest draws in the division.
Haney’s father and trainer Bill has shunned any chance of Broner facing his son, joking that Broner would be more likely to be commentating on a Devin Haney fight than being in the ring with him.
He also claims that Broner would ‘stop his car and go in the opposite direction’ if he saw the WBC super-lightwweight champion lacing up his gloves.
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In response, Broner hit back at the Haney family on Instagram, further demanding the fight and claiming that the undefeated 25-year-old could not punch himself out of a ‘wet paper bag’.
“Ah Bill Haney. If you want to get your son [Devin Haney] f***ed up, send the contract. I ain’t never ran from no man in boxing, why would run from your son, he can’t punch himself out of a wet paper bag. Stop all that cap because I’m with the s**t and I want all the smoke. Show me the dotted line!!!”
Instead, it seems that Haney will take on mandatory challenger Sandor Martin to defend his championship status, before possibly moving up to welterweight following on from the collapse of his showdown with Ryan Garcia.