Devin Haney is undefeated American boxer with an impressive record of 30-0 (15 KOs). He is poised to pocket a staggering $6 million (£4.8 million) in his upcoming bout.
Despite being just 24 years old, Haney has swiftly risen to prominence as one of the leading names in the sport.
Having already clinched the titles of undisputed WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO lightweight world champion, Haney now sets his sights on a new challenge. He is ascending in weight class to compete for Prograis’ WBC super-lightweight crown on December 9th.
In the backdrop of his impending bout, Haney has engaged in talk with UFC bantamweight champion Sean O’Malley. After his title victory, O’Malley began calling out top-tier boxers. This has been a growing trend among UFC stars.
The trend of UFC stars venturing into the world of boxing for lucrative paydays is gaining traction. Conor McGregor set the precedent in 2017 when he faced Floyd Mayweather, reaping substantial financial rewards.
Following suit, combatants like Ben Askren, Tyron Woodley, Anderson Silva, and Nate Diaz have all entered the boxing ring against Jake Paul. Even though they have lost, they have enjoyed considerable paychecks.
Additionally, former UFC heavyweight champion Francis Ngannou most recently received a sizable check to compete against Tyson Fury in a boxing match. Ngannou almost won the match with a third-round knockout.
O’Malley now seems to want a piece of the action as a result. The UFC champion said recently that he had been informed that no one knows who Haney is and that a bout between them is doubtful.
In a swift retort, Haney asserted that he earns twice as much as O’Malley in his bouts.
Reflecting on the exchange, Haney took to Twitter and stated: “I gave him more credit – this dude made $400k in his last fight, I’m making 15x what he makes.”
If Haney’s claim holds true, it unveils that he will receive an impressive $6 million purse for the Prograis match.