Devin Haney will vacate the remaining three lightweight titles he holds having ‘outgrown’ the division.
The undefeated and formerly undisputed star has his debut in the super-lightweight division in December against Regis Prograis.
Although the fight has been signed for some time, Haney had only lost one of his belts – the WBC – and was apparently considering appealing to hold on to the rest in case he should decide to return to 135.
Now, he has said there’s nothing left to do at lightweight an interview with ESPN.
“I did everything at 135 that I could. The biggest fight for me was making that Gervonta Davis fight, and his side showed no interest in making the fight.
I’ve outgrown the division, so now I make my quest to 140 to become a two-division champion.
And after this fight, I look to become a three-division champion and move up to 147, God willing that I’m successful in this fight.”
After he battles for Prograis’ WBC 140 Title, the field opens up down at 135.
Gervonta Davis is currently the WBA Regular Champion, meaning he will either be elevated to super champ or fight for it, but more likely the former.
The IBF is now set to be contested for by Vasily Lomachenko, who is slated to face fellow former champion George Kambosos Jr in Australia in early 2024.
The WBC belt – taken from Haney separately earlier in the year – was fought for and won by Shakur Stevenson recently, who out-jabbed Edwin De Los Santos for it this month.
Lomachenko is also highly rated with the WBO, but, should he indeed fight for the IBF, the next two contenders are Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz and Denys Berinchyk.