Devin Haney Swings And Misses; Selects Yuriorkis Gamboa As Next Opponent
3kingsboxing.com has learned unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15KOs) will make the second defense of his title against former unified featherweight champion Yuriokis Gamboa (30-3, 18KOs) on November 7.
The selection of Gamboa is a head scratcher, although not shocking. We have known for months that Haney vs Gamboa was a possibility. However, there was genuine hope the WBC champ would take on WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell (31-1, 18KOs) following recent negotiations happening. Yet, after all the hoopla and going back and forth through social media, the fight unsurprisingly did not materialize.
Haney has called out pretty much every fighter in his division. Still, none of those fights have materialized and not necessarily by his fault. However, this selection for a guy that talks as much as he does is a frustrating one.
Yes he is 21 years-old and needs more experience. However to gain more experience, you need to step-up your level of competition. Granted Gamboa is former Olympic Gold Medalist for Cuba and former unified champion, but what he is not in 2020, is a top contender. He is long past his prime at the age of 38, coming off a torn Achilles’ tendon against Gervonta Davis and has been out of the ring nearly a year.
While I get the appeal that Gamboa’s name has, there are simply better options for Haney to have chosen from. With former champions like Javier Fortuna (35-2-1, 24KOs) and Jorge Linares (47-5, 29KOs) available, why not choose them? They are better fighters at this stage in their careers, have been active and have both shown interest in a fight with Haney.
Be as it will, Haney v Gamboa will go down November 7. Let us just hope after this Haney takes a step up in competition in 2021.
By: Jerrell Fletcher