After Devin Haney delivered on a devastating knockout against Antonio Moran, promoter Eddie Hearn is looking to move forward with plans to have Haney fight in a WBC lightweight title eliminator.
In a post-fight interview with DAZN, Hearn spoke about what is next for Haney and his thoughts on the undefeated lightweight contender. Hearn spoke highly of Haney, saying if Haney had the career start that he has in the United Kingdom, then he would have been an even bigger star than he is now.
“It was unbelievable. Where I come from in England, if we had a star like this, the country would be going mad. So you guys need to get behind Devin Haney because let me tell you, America has a superstar on their hands. He is 20 years old. He is 22-0. They say he doesn’t carry power but he is taking guys out like that. Jose Pedraza struggled against that guy, a champion who went the distance with Lomachenko," Hearn said.
Speaking on the title eliminator, Hearn said he is looking to get Haney to fight Zaur Abdullaev next in the hopes of the winner is next in line to fight the winner of Vasiliy Lomachenko vs. Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC title. Haney and Abdullaev were ordered to fight each other in a title eliminator with the winner facing the winner of Teofimo Lopez vs. Javier Fortuna in a final eliminator.
With signs pointing towards Lopez fighting in an IBF title eliminator, there is no word on if there's been any changes to the title eliminator situation.
"Devin Haney Promotions is a great team to work with and we are going to enjoy watching him go all the way to the top – winning world titles in different divisions. The WBC have ordered him to fight Zaur Abdullaev in a title eliminator to fight the winner of Lomachenko vs. Campbell. Devin wants to fight them all – Teofimo Lopez, another guy called Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia. These are the superfights that Devin Haney will be in over the next few years. If it’s Maryland, if it’s Las Vegas, if it’s the Bay Area. The whole United States needs to get behind this guy. He is a superstar,” Hearn said.
Haney knocked out Moran in the seventh round to retain the WBO Intercontinental and WBC International titles in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing USA card on DAZN on May 25.