Bill Haney is stepping down as Devin Haney’s trainer
Well it looks like WBC World Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15 KO’s) will be making some alterations to his team. According to his father and chief second, Bill Haney, he will no longer function as Devin’s lead trainer. Until this point, Bill Haney has been the only person to fill these shoes. Of course, over the years the Dream has received instruction and tutelage from a myriad of coaches, yet it has been his father who manned his corner come fight time.
Apparently, the elder Haney thinks now is a great time to step down and spend more time raising his younger children. It will be interesting to see who Devin brings in to fill this new void. Will it be someone that he is already familiar with or a completely new working relationship? Another item to ponder over is how long will this new union take to show results in the ring. While it is easy enough to switch trainers, it is far more difficult to acclimate and then implement that new trainer’s tactics.
Recently, the Dream has been ferociously unsuccessful in securing the big-time fights that he has craved. Despite calling out his fellow champions, Haney has not been able to fight Gervonta “Tank” Davis (24-0, 23 KO’s) (regular WBA), Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (21-0, 18 KO’s) (WBC interim) or Teofimo “Tank Over” Lopez (16-0, 12 KO’s) (WBO, WBA Super and IBF). Even more vexing, there is no reason to believe any of these bouts will come to fruition any time soon.
From this angle however, now is probably a good time to make this new alteration. Provided that these bouts remain unattainable, adjusting to a new coach against less-than-top competition is ideal. Yet, before we can see the results of a new working relationship, Haney must first find and announce a new trainer.
By: Bakari Simpson