Rising lightweight attraction Devin Haney’s shoulder surgery was a success, but the 21-year-old Matchroom Boxing star is expected to be out at least six months as he recovers.
Haney (24-0, 15 KO) was named “champion in recess” by the WBC this week, with the sorta-vacancy to be filled by an ordered bout between mandatory challenger Javier Fortuna and former title challenger Luke Campbell.
Haney last fought on Nov. 9, beating Alfredo Santiago by decision on the KSI-Logan Paul 2 card in Los Angeles. It was the first defense of the title he’d kinda-won in September, where he claimed the interim belt with a victory over Zaur Abdullaev, and was then promoted to full title status when the WBC bumped Vasiliy Lomachenko, who’d beaten Campbell for the vacant title on Aug. 31, to “franchise champion.”
“In my last fight with Alfredo Santiago, my right shoulder came completely out of the socket in the 12th round,” said Haney. “I stayed focused and showed the grit of a true champion. I’m very happy with my performance considering the injury. I’m the youngest world champion in the last 23 years.
“Unfortunately, my injury required that I have surgery, but I’m happy I went with Dr. Neal ElAttrache, who in my opinion is the best surgeon in the world with these types of injuries. His résumé speaks for itself and the procedure was a success. Right now, I’m all about healing so I can get back in the ring as soon as possible.”
Haney anticipates reclaiming his throne, as it were, when he returns, which he’ll have to do against whomever “fills” the “vacancy” in his absence. He also still has plans to unify the 135-pound division as soon as he can.
“As soon as I feel I’m ready to get back in the ring, I’m coming for everyone,” continued Haney. “Lomachenko, Lopez, Commey, whoever, I’m coming for all the belts! I’ll be back stronger than ever, that you can bet.”