Devin Haney Says “No” To The WBC Franchise Title
The boxing community waits to see what will happen with a potential undisputed lightweight battle in 2022 between unified champion George “Ferocious” Kambosos Jr (20-0, 10ko) and WBC champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (26-0, 15ko). However, Haney has no care or concern for the useless WBC Franchise belt.
THE FRANCHISE BELT DEBACLE
The WBC created serious mass confusion by introducing the Franchise belt into the equation. The WBC had two rules: the belt couldn’t change hands, and it was not part of undisputed. However, the organization changed the rules to make it available to do both in the fight with unified champion Vasyl “Hi-tech” Lomachenko and IBF champion Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez back in 2020.
The WBA, WBO, and IBF do not recognize the franchise title as a legit entity. Moreover, they do not list any WBC franchise champion as the recognized WBC champion. Yet Lopez maintained contention with the facts and used the false narrative to disqualify Haney’s attempt of calling him out to fight for the real undisputed status.
IS THIS THE END OF THE FRANCHISE BELT?
The Takeover would lose the titles to George Kambosos Jr, including the franchise title. The Australian expressed no problem with ending the nonsense by fighting Devin Haney to crown a real undisputed champion.
“We are going to get it done [fighting for undisputed], and there won’t be any more games or bullshit about what it is.”George Kambosos Jr, unified lightweight champion
Haney still had to take care of business and defeat WBC mandatory challenger Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz before any negotiations for undisputed could get underway. Upon successfully defending the title against Diaz, Haney, at the post-fight press conference, made it clear that if a fight with Kambosos takes place, the WBC franchise belt will not exchange hands.
“With all due respect, when I do fight for undisputed, I don’t even want the franchise title. I don’t want anything franchise attached to me at the end of the day. I will be fighting for the WBC belt and they can keep the franchise. If Kambosos wants to keep the franchise, then go ahead.”Devin Haney, WBC lightweight champion
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By: Garrisson Bland