Devin Haney: “Al Haymon Did Not Block The Russell Jr Fight”

Devin Haney still believes Gary Russell is scared

Devin Haney (left), Gary Russell Jr.
Devin Haney (left), Gary Russell Jr.

Devin Haney still believes Gary Russell is scared

While the boxing community is waiting to see who will be the next opponent for WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15ko), the smart money is on former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis “El Ciclon de Guantanamo” Gamboa (30-3, 18ko).

However, some are hoping that perhaps something can still be salvaged when it comes to WBC featherweight champion “Mr.” Gary Russell Jr (30-1, 18ko).


In case you missed the entire drama series surrounding both WBC champions, here is a quick synopsis.

The featherweight champion took to social media calling for a fight with “The Dream”. He even openly was willing to take an offer of $1.5 million. This call-out did not go unanswered. Team Haney immediately responded, accepting the challenge and sending over a contract.

However, later it was revealed neither the DAZN nor Matchroom Boxing were including in the contract. This would be the ultimate reason Russell rejected the contract.

The biggest bombshell dropped on a live interview on Fannon International with both Russell and father/trainer Bill Haney. It was revealed that not only was the money not there, but it seems that neither DAZN nor Matchroom Boxing was interested in that fight.


British promoter Eddie Hearn has stated both Russell jr and Gamboa are supposedly next on deck for November 7, 2020, the return of The Dream. However, after the recent claims by Bill Haney, it doesn’t seem as if Russell jr will get the nod. Alternatively, maybe things have been worked out?

This brings us to a very cryptic tweet by Devin Haney on social media. In an attempt to clear things up, the WBC champion may have confused things even more.

Devin Haney says fight with Gary Russell Jr was greenlit by Al Haymon
Devin Haney says fight with Gary Russell Jr was greenlit by Al Haymon

The lightweight champion made it clear that it was not Premier Boxing Champions head honcho Al Haymon that blocked the fight. Maybe Russell is off the hook, maybe not.

By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."