Haney: “Gamboa Is No Slouch! It Took Tank 11 Rounds For The KO!”

Haney says Gamboa is a solid opponent

Devin Haney (left), Yuriorkis Gamboa
Devin Haney (left), Yuriorkis Gamboa

Haney says Gamboa is a solid opponent

While 21-year-old promoter and WBC world lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15 KO’s) has a great many things at his finger-tips, ready access to a desirable opponent is not one of them.

It’s no secret that The Dream has sought fights with WBA super and WBO world lightweight champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s), IBF world lightweight champion Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (15-0, 12 KO’s), and two-time world challenger Luke Campbell (20-3, 16 KO’s).

Unfortunately for Team Haney, none of those bouts ever came to fruition. Confronted with those dead-ends, The Dream has now plotted a tentative crash course with Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (30-3, 18 KO’s).


While the skillful Californian did confirm in an interview with Fight Hype that he is in talks with Gamboa, he did not sound like the negotiations were looking so great.

“We are still in the works, we still working on some things. Nothing is set in stone though.”


As the two teams haggle out their issues behind the scenes, numerous fans have come forward to express their displeasure with the potential match-up. The most persistent gripe revolves around the notion that El Ciclon is too long in the tooth to be a viable opponent. The Dream is well-aware of this pervasive criticism, however he does not share in those same beliefs.

“They going to say something regardless, of course I want to please the fans and I fight for the fans. I fight for the people that are supporting me, but today its always going to be something.”

“I feel like Gamboa is a good opponent though, Gamboa is no slouch! He went in there and fought with one foot, one leg, whatever you want to call it against Tank and won rounds [and] was competitive. Who knows if he had both of his feet?!”

“Did Gamboa not fight Tank and it took Tank eleven rounds to knock him out?”

“It went to the twelfth round, he didn’t go the whole twelfth round, but it went to the twelfth round. So it took him eleven rounds to knock him out and he was in a dog fight.”


So while there is definitely still a back and forth exchange between the two camps, it doesn’t appear that this bout is concrete to hold to at the moment. With that being the case, we could certainly hear that Haney has moved on to a new opponent in the several days or weeks.

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By: Bakari Simpson

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