By: Hans Themistode
The talents of Devin Haney have been praised lengthy earlier than he turned skilled in 2015. To this point, the immensely gifted 135-pound belt holder has lived as much as the hype.
With Haney on the verge of taking over George Kambosos Jr. for the remaining three light-weight titles, the 23-year-old star believes he’ll obtain worldwide recognition. Nonetheless, even when Haney takes his place atop the 135-pound panorama, he doesn’t imagine he needs to be thought of one of the best fighter on this planet. In his opinion, Canelo Alvarez has rightfully earned that distinction.
“Sure,” stated Haney to a bunch of reporters when if Alvarez is one of the best fighter on the planet at present. “Sure for certain.”
Like Haney, many within the boxing world share his perception. Over the span of roughly 4 years, Alvarez has waltzed up and down quite a few weight courses, choosing up numerous world titles alongside the way in which.
In 2018, Alvarez scored high quality victories towards Gennadiy Golovkin and Rocky Fielding. Within the course of, he added the WBA and WBC middleweight titles and WBA “Common” tremendous middleweight championship to his assortment. In 2019, Alvarez grabbed extra middleweight gold, earlier than shifting as much as the 175-pound division to strip Sergey Kovalev of his WBO title.
From 2020 to 2021, Alvarez planted his flag firmly within the floor of the tremendous middleweight division. The Mexican star would spend roughly the following 12 months truncating the world title reign of each belt holder, en path to changing into an undisputed champion.
For an encore, Alvarez will openly problem WBA gentle heavyweight champion, Dmitry Bivol on Could seventh. Ought to he stroll away efficiently, Alvarez is tentatively scheduled to face Golovkin at 168 kilos, earlier than presumably making the transfer to cruiserweight to shut out one other robust yr.
Contemplating Alvarez’s penchant for difficult world champions throughout a number of weight courses, Haney continues to take a seat again in awe. With the Mexican star prepared to fluctuate his weight so constantly, Haney has no selection however to crown him as boxing’s main man.
“He can go up and down, up and down, and nonetheless be dominant, I take my hat off to him.”