Devin Haney, who won the interim WBC lightweight title and more importantly a future mandatory shot at the full title in his last fight on Sept. 13, will return on the Nov. 9 KSI vs Logan Paul undercard at Staples Center in Los Angeles.
That part had been expected since even before his win last month over Zaur Abdullaev, but ESPN is reporting that he may be facing Golden Boy prospect Hector Tanajara.
Haney (23-0, 15 KO) lit the previously-unbeaten Abdullaev up in their fight at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater, stopping him after four rounds of one-sided domination. The 20-year-old Haney is a fast-rising star that Matchroom have big hopes and plans for, and he’s said he feels he’s ready now to face Vasiliy Lomachenko, who holds the WBC, WBA, and WBO titles at 135 pounds.
Lomachenko-Haney may have to wait a bit, though, as Loma’s greatest goal right now is fully unifying the division, which means waiting on the winner of the Dec. 14 fight between IBF titleholder Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez. Loma, Commey, and Lopez are all working with Top Rank, so that shouldn’t be a tough fight to make in theory.
Tanajara (18-0, 5 KO) is a 22-year-old fighter from San Antonio, a young boxer who has looked good against his opposition thus far, but hasn’t faced anyone like Haney yet. Then again, there may not be many people like Haney to face, if Haney is indeed everything he’s been cracked up to be.
It’s certainly not the worst fight if this is what we get, but Haney would be a clear favorite, and on paper it’d be more about showcasing him to what Matchroom hope to be a lot of new eyes tuning in to see the KSI-Logan Paul novelty main event. The show will stream live on DAZN.