Devin Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) could be on the verge of earning his first world title shot, should he be able to successfully defeat Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs) on September 13. The WBC have designated the bout as a lightweight final eliminator, with the winner to be made mandatory challenger to the now-vacant lightweight belt that will have a owner this weekend when Vasiliy Lomachenko takes on Luke Campbell.
Haney and Abdullaev are currently ranked #2 and #4 by the WBC, respectively, but both are very young fighters without any real world-level experience. If we were to assume that Haney beats Abdullaev and Lomachenko beats Campbell, do any of you really think Haney is ready to take on Lomachenko for a world title?
Haney, 20, would still appear to have some maturing to do, even following his spectacular knockout of Antonio Moran in his DAZN debut this past May. Meanwhile Abdullaev, 25, is most recently coming off a stoppage win over Humberto Martinez in February.
We should get a better sense of where both fighters are at when they face off in just a few weeks.