World Boxing News understands the undefeated Devin Haney is now a two-time WBC lightweight champion without claiming the title inside the ropes.
‘The Dream’ reaches the unusual feat after being reinstated by World Boxing Council President Mauricio Sulaiman.
Haney appealed a decision to strip him of the green and gold belt due to injury. This is due to the current coronavirus crisis while the sport has been off the table for some time.
Vasyl Lomachenko remains the WBC Franchise Champion, a tag given for his exceptional achievements in the ring. Regardless of weight, every fight the Ukrainian now competes in will be sanctioned as a WBC title bout.
Devin Haney debate
The decision to elevate ‘Loma’ had a knock-on effect on Haney. The Americans became a world rulers without having to fight in the ring.
Then relieved of the belt to allow UK star Luke Campbell to fight Javier Fortuna for the vacant crown, Haney has successfully lobbied the WBC.
Campbell vs. Fortuna may only get WBC interim reckoning when the pair finally trade blows towards the end of the year.
The Briton doesn’t believe this will be the case, though.
“A lot of talk about what is going to happen when we’re allowed to fight again by people who know nothing,” said Campbell.
“My world title fight with Fortuna is going ahead; it’s a matter of when – not if.”
TOO MANY BELTS
It’s all very confusing at the moment. Sulaiman may be forced to officially announce what will transpire from the triangle.
Could Haney now fight Campbell instead? – Who knows, although Haney could be the first two-time world champion in history to win both via email.
Yet another insistence of why too many sports belts are ruining the fans’ enjoyment, at times.
Lomachenko is firmly seen as the real champion of the 135-pound weight class and always will be until somebody has the skills to beat him.
It could be a long wait for Haney, Campbell, and co.
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