WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney and Yuriorkis Gamboa reportedly have a deal done for them to fight on November 7th on DAZN. Gamboa’s manager Jesse Rodriguez has revealed the news of the fight with Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) being agreed on and ready to go to contracts.
Featherweight Gary Russell Jr had been in talks with Haney and his father, Bill Haney, for a fight in November, but supposedly the fans weren’t in favor of that fight due to Gary needing to come up two weight classes to challenge Devin for his WBC 135lb title.
The fans aren’t exactly in favor of Haney fighting the 38-year-old Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) either, as they see the Cuban fighter as old, and they don’t like the fact that he’s coming off of an Achilles injury and a knockout loss to Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis.
Everything Ready For Haney-Gamboa
Haney, 21, won’t gain much in fighting Gamboa, but the casuals might like this match-up more than they would Russell, who isn’t as well known. Gamboa has been around for a long time since turning professional in 2007, and he’s fought a lot of different guys on U.S television.
“I spoke with Haney’s father and he assured me that everything is ready for November 7,” said Jesse Rodríguez, Gamboa’s manager to the El Nuevo Herald. “Yuri always wanted this fight from the beginning. Other names came up, but he always insisted on clashing with Haney. Now it’s going to be a reality. ”
It’s easy to see why Gamboa would prefer a fight against Haney, as it’s a world title shot, and his likely other options don’t involve fighting for a belt. Gamboa is coming off of a failed title shot against Tank Davis last year on December 28th in Atlanta. Gamboa was knocked out in the 12th round by Davis in their scrap for the vacant WBA ‘regular’ lightweight belt.
Now a year later, Gamboa will be fighting for a world title again, this time against WBC 135-lb champion Haney, on DAZN. While some boxing fans will criticize the choice of opponent for Haney, it’s still easily the best guy that he’ll have fought.
Even at 38, Gamboa is a better fighter than anyone that Haney has fought during his five-year professional career. There’s nothing wrong with the young Haney having never fought anyone talented, given how young he is right now.
That makes it hard to give Haney as much grief as one would if it were a champion that had been fighting for a decade or more.
Noel Galang – Kamao TV