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Three options on the table for Devin Haney’s next bout

Devin Haney with his father Bill Haney in the background.

Promoter Bob Arum has tabled three options to undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 30-0 (15) for his next bout.

One of those would require a move up in weight, another would be against one of the hottest young nmes in the sport and the third would be a rematch.

The 24-year-old Haney, originally from San Francisco but now boxing out Las Vegas, unified the WBC, WBA, WBO nd IBF 135-pound titles with a unanimous decision victory over George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) in Australia in June last year. He retained the titles, also on points, in their rematch four months later.

In his most recent outing, Haney scored a somewhat controversial unanimous decision win over former three-weight world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-3 (11) in Las Vegas last month. Haney won by the thin margins of 115-113, 116-112 and 115-113, but many observers felt that the Ukrainian southpaw deserved the nod.

Top Rank boss Arum spoke about his future plans for Haney, who is rated number eight by The Ring in their pound-for-pound rankings, while admitting he hasn’t had the discussion with Haney’s trainer, father and manager Bill Haney yet.

“Well I haven’t talked to Bill about it,” Arum said on The 3 Knockdown Rule podcast. “Bill is doing what a manager should do. And that’s to look for the best opportunity for Devin. What I can come up is three [fights] in my imagination: one may be the winner of [Josh] Taylor and Teofimo [Lopez] at 140. If [Haney] wants to go up in weight.”

WBO junior welterweight and Ring magazine champion Taylor 19-0 (13) will defend his belts against former unified lightweight champion Lopez 18-1 (13) at The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night.

Another boxer waiting in the wings is the superbly talented Shakur ‘Fearless’ Stevenson 20-0 (10). The 25-year-old Newark southpaw has won world titles at featherweight and super featherweight, claiming the scalps of Jamel Herring and Oscar Valdez to consolidate the WBC and WBO straps before moving up to lightweight in April to stop previously undefeated Shuichiro Yoshino in six.

“Secondly, there is a fight with Shakur that would be massive because everybody would want to see that fight, and third is the rematch [with Lomachenko],” Arum continued.

Arum is hoping that Bill Haney will attend the Taylor-Lopez fight in New York City so that they can discuss future options for his son, who has repeatedly mentioned a move up in weight.

“Hopefully Bill comes to New York for the Teofimo-Taylor fight. I’ll sit with him. He’s a very intelligent guy,” Arum said.

“We’ll discuss all the options that we at Top Rank can offer. And then he has to weigh it against what any other promoter would offer to determine what he wants to do next. But we’ve enjoyed promoting Devin and hope it continues.”