DEVIN HANEY is incomes the type of comparisons that would go away a weaker boxing prospect crippled with expectation.
The millennial technology are evaluating the 20-year-old interim WBC light-weight champion to his undefeated 50-Zero Las Vegas mentor Floyd Mayweather.
The game’s elder statesmen are hoping the 23-Zero starlet, with the All-American smile and unbelievable work ethic, can emulate his father and coach Invoice’s idol, Sugar Ray Leonard.
The very best information is British combat followers will be capable to make their resolution on his possibilities very quickly as Haney, who visited SunSport HQ final week to assist promote his subsequent combat on November 9, desires to combat in England in 2020.
And the orthodox stylist, who shattered the cheekbone of September 13 sufferer Zaur Abdullaev throughout his fourth spherical win, desires to stay as much as the hype surrounding him.
Gazing throughout the London skyline he believes he’ll quickly rule, the babyfaced 20-year-old mentioned: “These comparisons are an actual blessing as a result of they’re two actual greats of the game, they’re residing legends.
“My dad’s idol was Sugar Ray and mine was Floyd so I’d like to have a bit little bit of each.
“Floyd has taught me a lot concerning the sport of boxing and staying centered. I’m grateful for all of the knowledge he has given me.
“It’s like being a younger basketball fan and having the ability to shoot hoops and get recommendation from Michael Jordan. That’s how massive Floyd is and I’m grateful to him for every thing.”
After crushing his Russian challenger final outing, Haney referred to as out pound-for-pound king and unified 135lbs champ Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Nonetheless, the good Ukrainian is solely centered on changing into the undisputed boss, by accumulating the IBF belt initially of 2020 and returning to his extra pure weights of feather and super-feather.
Fortunately, long-time rival and fellow Mayweather protege Gervonta Davis has simply moved as much as Haney’s division whereas Luke Campbell is in his crosshairs for his UK debut after he took Loma the gap final month.
He mentioned: “I need to combat Lomachenko, I feel that combat is ideal for me and it’s the good time. I hope that we will make it however, if not, I’m nonetheless simply centered on being a world champion.
“The 135lbs division is packed, there are a number of massive fights for me to be concerned in, that’s the reason I’m not in a rush to maneuver up.
“I imagine in 2020 you will note me combat over right here and I hope we will make that combat with Luke Campbell.
“I believed he put up a great efficiency towards Loma in August and confirmed some flaws and vulnerabilities, issues I may capitalise on.”
Haney’s unbelievable promise and profile can be much less shocking if he had come from an esteemed boxing household or been sufficiently old to go for gold for the USA on the 2016 Olympics.
However the San Francisco-born starlet turned skilled aged simply 17, with a sequence of fights in lawless Mexican small halls, below the steerage of his music-exec father.
The unorthodox route was an enormous and harmful gamble however rock-hard Haney toughed it out, so it’s superb to listen to how one little look from his dad can nonetheless flip his abdomen.
He mentioned: “The very best factor about working so carefully with my dad is that he is aware of me higher than anybody and that is essential in a sport like boxing. I’ve tried working with completely different trainers however I’ve by no means felt that the chemistry is there.
“The worst factor about being educated by my dad is consuming in entrance of him, I hate consuming something in entrance of him.
“He gained’t even say something, he’ll simply stare at me and on the meals. He’ll simply hold his eyes on me and that may put me off, I can not eat after that.
“In comparison with that, beginning my profession in Mexico was simple. It was intimidating going over there as a result of I had heard a number of destructive issues about corruption there however I trusted my expertise.
“The crowds over there have been positively towards me but it surely made coming again to combat in America a bit of cake.
“Over there, each punch I threw was ignored, each punch I took was cheered. However in America it is a whole reverse now, each punch I land the group goes loopy.”
Haney’s solely UK journey earlier than this whistlestop PR tour, that included a couple of rounds of sparring with Scotland’s three-weight icon Ricky Burns, was in 2012 when he came visiting to observe the London Olympics aged simply 13.
With out promoter Eddie Hearn’s bank card to take pleasure in again then, the teenager was on an economic system flight and in a funds resort.
So it’s superb what seven years and 23 faultless fights can do for a starry-eyed child with large desires and a fair larger urge for food for fulfillment.
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After jetting into the UK in first class, Haney compared his two London trips, saying: “Boy I am living lavish now!
“The hotel I stayed at this week is a lot nicer than when I visited last time for the London Olympics.
“It felt good to be back in London, I have been getting a lot of love and people have been stopping me in the street, it has caught me off guard, but it’s a blessing.”