Devin Haney apologizes to the boxing community
Social media has humbled WBC lightweight champion “In-recess” Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15ko). However, this should only be news if you have been living under a rock or haven’t turned on any type of electronic device during the COVID-19 lockdown.
FEELING THE PRESSURE
Team Haney has been doing serious damage control following an interview with 3kingsboxing.com affiliate 78sportsTV. In the interview, Haney would have a Bernard Hopkins moment, saying “I will never lose to a white boy.” Furthermore, this went viral on steroids, catching the attention of media outlets outside of the boxing community like CNN.
Boxing is a sport where you have to be mentally tough. However, some things will humble even the will of the strongest fighters. The statement didn’t go over well at all, with Haney personally having to reject accusations of being a racist.
Team Haney has been dealing with this nightmare while trying to get reinstated as the WBC lightweight champion. The WBC organization wanted an explanation from the young champion “In-recess”, before placing the most prestigious in boxing back around his waist.
Some feel this was an attempt to bait unified champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-1, 10ko) into a fight. Furthermore, since being placed on injured reserve, The Dream has been using social media to trash talk anyone into a big fight.
There was the back and forth with former four-divisional champion Adrien “The Problem” Broner (33-4, 24ko) claiming he would “fuck him up.” Next was a message to both WBA “regular” champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (23-0, 22ko) and IBF champion Teofimo Lopez (15-0, 12ko).
Then came the response to former unified junior welterweight champion Amir “King” Khan (34-5,21ko) saying “Khan just made the hit list”. Finally, there was the text message to arch-rival Ryan “KingRy” Garcia “Ima fuck u up just letting you know”.
All of these are eyebrow-raising remarks and it shows that the champion “In-recess” is full of confidence. However, this may have been a step too far. Whenever race is involved, there is never a safe zone regardless if the intent wasn’t meant to malice.
Some people will feel offended and this is why it is important to be careful and cognizant of what can trigger a negative backlash. Furthermore, realizing this and having time to reflect, the aforementioned champion “In-recess” took to social media with an apology.
By: Garrisson Bland