21-year-old Devin Haney to Defend Title Against Veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa
Devin Haney, one of the youngest champions in boxing history, will defend the WBC lightweight title this weekend against veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Updated: Nov. 5, 2020 • 3:50 PM ET
Hollywood, Fla. will host this weekend's WBC lightweight title fight.
The WBC lightweight title will be on the line this Saturday, as undefeated champion Devin Haney will defend the title against former champion and battle-tested veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa in Hollywood, Fla.
Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) is coming off a unanimous decision victory over Alfredo Santiago in his first title defense last November. He suffered a shoulder injury during the fight, which required surgery that sidelined the champion until the summer of 2020.
Haney won the vacant belt less than two months before his first defense against Zaur Abdullaev by fourth-round RTD, becoming the youngest champion in boxing. Gamboa will represent his toughest test to date, but Haney is predicting another dominant victory.
“I don’t just want to win, I want to win in spectacular fashion,” Haney said via Bad Left Hook. “I want to beat Gamboa worse than anyone has to date. I want to show him that I am the best fighter in the world and better than anyone he’s ever faced.
“I have to make a statement. The eyes of the boxing world are all on me again. They’ve heard me talk the talk and now it’s time to walk the walk.”
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Haney went on to say that he will fight anyone to prove he’s the best boxer in the world.
“The belts are important to me; I want to win as many of them as I can,” Haney said. “I am willing to fight any of the top guys, I don’t want to skip any of them out or say, ‘I like this guy over that guy,’ because I want the fights that the fans want to see the most. It’s important to defend my title, look good doing it and hunt the rest of the division after that.
“Everything is falling into place and the lightweight division is lighting up. I have to handle business with Gamboa first, take care of him and then the sky is the limit. There are so many big fights out there, everyone is opening up and 2021 can be huge if I win this fight and make a statement.”
Gamboa is a former unified featherweight world champion, having held the WBA and IBF titles between 2009 and 2011, as well as the WBA interim championship in both the super featherweight and lightweight divisions. The 38-year-old won four straight fights before losing his last outing by 12th-round TKO for the vacant WBA lightweight title to Gervonta Davis.
In his career, Gamboa has key victories over Ramon Martinez, Miguel Beltran Jr, Darleys Perez, Daniel Ponce de León, Jorge Solis, Orlando Salido, Jonathan Victor Barros, Rogers Mtagwa and Jose Rojas. The Cuban veteran believes he has earned his shot at yet another title.
“I think it’s a well-earned opportunity,” Gamboa told The Ring through manager Jesse Rodriguez. “Throughout my career I have demonstrated I am a top fighter. My last fight against Davis, I showed I am a true warrior.
“I come to fight no matter who it is. I don’t think about my opponent, I’m just training hard. Devin is a strong fighter.”
Gamboa also thinks he knows how to defeat the young champion, but he isn’t willing to reveal his strategy.
“I know what I have to do and I would rather not share that,” Gamboa said. “God is with me. He will give me strength to face anyone in the ring. My trust is in God.”
• The fight can be seen on DAZN at 8 p.m. this Saturday