Devin Haney has faced a lot uneccessary criticism ever since he was elevated as Wbc lightweight Champion Oct 23rd 2019 during the WBC convention. Labeled “paper champion” “email champion” “fake champion” has been frustrated to hear and answer to from the young phenom.
The WBC by creating the Franchise and elevating Vasiliy Lomachenko the same day they elevated Haney. Has caused so much confusion and displeasure in the boxing world. Haney which was in position to eventually be named a mandatory challenge to Loma before the elevation. Many fans felt Haney was robbed for his opportunity to fight and earned to be called a champion if he would have beaten Loma.
Unfortunatly Many of Haney’s contemporaries and fans never gave him the benefit of the doubt to be looked as a champion, as we all saw he never fought to earn that title. Many blame the WBC for this chaos. Wbc president Mauricio Sulaiman who has publicily consistently stated that the “Franchise is put above any champion in the lightweight division” thus making the current lightweight wbc Franchise champion George Kambosos Jr “The lightweight undisputed.” Letting Haney and the boxing community know that basically Haney’s title has been waterdowned as a regular belt.
Haney who pays belt and sanctioning fees to a status which has been waterdown is the unfortunate part. At this point many fans are asking for Haney to look pass lucrative purses opportunities which comes with holding that strap, and actually fight for his integrity which should not be for sale and dump that belt in the trash.