During an interview with iFL TV, Eddie Hearn revealed that while Devin Haney’s opponent for his November 9th appearance on the KSI-Logan Paul II will be announced “very soon,” it “looks like” it will be two-time title challenger Petr Petrov.
Golden Boy’s Hector Tanajara was originally the presumptive choice, but Hearn claims Tanajara turned down their offer.
Petrov (41-6-2, 22 KO) is the kind of fighter whom the announcers and promoters will repeatedly describe as “having been in there with some of the best” without mentioning that he’s lost to them. Marcos Maidana folded him in half with a body shot in 2011, Terry Flanagan beat him by decision six years later, and Ivan Baranchyk smashed him to bits one fight afterwards.
That last loss kept him out for a year, since which he’s kept busy with three straight knockouts.
A step back from Zaur Abdullaev, to be sure, but it keeps interim WBC champ Haney (23-0, 15 KO) busy while regular champion Vasiliy Lomachenko pursues unification. Also, still a better fight than Billy Joe Saunders vs. Marcelo Coceres.