Devin Haney, the former undisputed lightweight boxing champion, recently moved up in weight and claimed the WBC super lightweight title from Regis Prograis. Now, Haney is striving to become an undisputed champion in his second weight class. However, his attempts to secure matches with Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia have faced criticism from Subriel Matias, the IBF Junior welterweight champion.
With victories over notable opponents like Vasiliy Lomachenko, George Kambosos Jr, and Jorge Linares, Haney is considered one of the top 10 pound-for-pound best boxers in the world. Despite being undefeated in professional boxing, Haney has yet to face formidable opponents such as Gervonta Davis, Shakur Stevenson, and Ryan Garcia.
Subriel Matias explains why Devin Haney wants to fight Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia fight
Subriel Matias on the José Galindez Podcast explained why Haney is aiming for a fight with Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia even though they are a division below him. Per the Puerto Rican boxer, Haney’s move is to bolster his popularity by fighting big PPV stars like Garcia and Gervonta. “Haney doesn’t even sell 40K PPVs,” said Matias.
Matias also labeled Haney as a ‘boring fighter,’ who cannot be a star of his own with the style of boxing he possesses. According to Matias, Haney should rather be targeting a fight with him.
The comments made by Matias shed light on the financial side of combat sports that the fighters give importance to. Even though Haney was the undisputed champion at lightweight, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia were bigger draws. Matias even went further to claim that he is a bigger draw than Haney.
Matias became the IBF Junior welterweight champion after he defeated the then-undefeated Jeremias Ponce with a fifth-round stoppage. He defended the title against Shohjahon Ergashev with a similar fifth-round stoppage in November of 2023.
Gervonta Davis once exposed Devin Haney
Subriel Matias is not the first boxer to throw jabs at Devin Haney as the WBA lightweight champion Gervinta Davis did it before. Davis, who recently converted to Islam and chose the name Abdul Wahid, described Haney as someone who selects opponents who are perceived to be less formidable.
According to Davis, Haney engages in a lot of trash talk about other fighters, but the verbal sparring doesn’t seem to manifest in the actual fights inside the ring. Although Davis mentioned Haney by name, he opted to have the interviewer guess the answer. In a tweet, Davis once referred to Haney as a “young bum” who spars with less skilled opponents and shares it on the internet, using everyone’s name to gain attention.
Davis’ past tweet has similarities with what Matias had to say about Haney on the José Galindez Podcast. Davis’ last fight was against the then-undefeated Ryan Garcia which he won comfortably by seventh round TKO. The fight against Garcia billed as ‘It Doesn’t Get Any Better Than This’ was contested at 136lbs with a 10lbs rehydration clause.
A potential fight between Gervonta Davis and Devin Haney is something that the fight fans and Turki Alalshikh very much expect. Davis was a former champion at super lightweight before he relinquished the title to concentrate on lightweight.
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