Haney Threatens Matchroom: “I’m Promoting Myself From Now On”

Eddie Hearn Foregoes Bid to Promote Haney vs Martin Fight

Devin Haney feels betrayed by Matchroom
Devin Haney threatens to break his pact with Matchroom (Golden Boy/Cris Esqueda, Getty Images)

Devin Haney Takes Issues With Matchroom Over Martin Fight Bid


Ahead of WBC junior welterweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney’s (31-1, 15 KO’s) last prizefight, his co-promoter, Eddie Hearn of Matchroom, scoffed at the notion that he’d fight #1 mandatory Sandor Martin (42-3, 15 KO’s). In Hearn’s opinion, Martin was far too obscure an opponent for the rising star to battle. Instead he went public saying that The Dream would vacate his title. Upon hearing this, Haney quickly shut this notion down.

As he has proven time and time again, Haney is more concerned with the boxing legacy that he leaves behind more so than the money he earns for his prizefights. Therefore, as he has ambitions to become the undisputed champion of the 140-pound landscape, The Dream has every intention of dancing with Martin.

CHANGE OF HEART

In his last tour of duty however, Haney suffered an extremely controversial loss to Ryan Garcia. The match was scandalous due to Garcia’s antics before the duel, willfully coming in 3-pounds overweight and popping dirty for PED’s after the fight. After watching Haney absorb the punishment that he did, Eddie Hearn changed his tune on the Martin fight.

“I spoke to Devin last night, I think he should fight Sandor Martin. I think he should be defending that championship. He [Haney] said to me, ‘what do you think?’ I said, ‘you should fight Sandor Martin! I think it’s a tricky fight, but you’re the champion and you were not lucky after everything that happened with Ryan. But you could have lost your belt that night, so now you still have it; defend it!’”

MINOR DISAGREEMENT OR FORK IN THE ROAD?

So despite his new sentiments about fighting Martin, Hearn has apparently stuck to his guns about not paying for the match! Only time will tell how this affects the long-standing relationship that he’s maintained with the WBC junior welterweight champion and the future dealings with Devin Haney Promotions.

Will this turn out to be a minor bump in the road or will it be viewed as a trust shattering violation? Given his latest sentiments, it appears to be the latter!

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