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Devin Haney targeting Amir Khan: ‘He’s on the list!’

The rising lightweight star has put the aging Amir Khan on notice, for whatever it’s worth.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Rising lightweight star Devin Haney is incredibly good at keeping people talking about him, all things considered, and, well, here I am talking about him again.

The 21-year-old Haney (24-0, 15 KO) has been on the shelf following shoulder surgery, and obviously can’t fight now with the coronavirus pandemic shutting the sport down, but he’s hoping to return this summer if possible.

One name he says he has on his list is Amir Khan, who recently talked about sparring with Haney and said he took it easy on the young fighter.

Haney didn’t much care for that, obviously, and responded via Instagram, writing, “I helped him get ready for Bud (Crawford). He paid to spar me. Now he’s on the list!”

Now, look, you never know, but it has to be said that Haney is a lightweight and Khan hasn’t fought under the welterweight limit of 147 pounds since 2013. Khan (34-5, 21 KO) is also 33 years old and sitting at an all-time low in name value following his miserable performance and various excuses in a pay-per-view dud with Terence Crawford a year ago, and then a July 2019 trip to Saudi Arabia where he quite easily defeated ex-featherweight titleholder Billy Dib.

In all reality, Khan hasn’t scored a truly good win since at least 2015, and that’s depending on your opinion of Chris Algieri. And given his age, it’s not likely he’s going to be turning in better performances than we’ve been seeing. Haney bouncing up to 147 to fight Khan would be a calculated move, though I doubt we see it happen.

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