Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the CMB, confirmed that if the winner of the match between Ryan Garcia and Joseph “JoJo” Diaz refuses to face Devin Haney, the interim lightweight belt will be left without an owner.
“If the winner does not want to face Haney, then the interim championship will be vacant, “he said. Sulaiman to the DAZN Boxing Show. “In the end there will only be one left on the road and the winner will end up being the only mandatory challenger for the champion.”
In early 2021, Ryan Garcia was placed as Haney’s mandatory challenger after knocking out Luke campbell. However, months later he decided to put his career on hiatus due to psychological problems.
This situation was taken advantage of by JoJo Diaz, who was placed as a mandatory challenger after defeating Javier Fortuna last July, rival that was originally going to face Garcia.
For a few weeks, both have ruled out the fight with Haney to focus on the combat that seeks to close Golden Boy Promotions. Oscar de la hoya revealed that he is doing his best.
Clarify situation of Haney, JoJo and Ryan
Sulaiman It is clear that the fight is imminent, but it will have consequences if in the future neither wants to face Haney.
“If either of the two refuses to unify, then there will only be Haney as world champion ”, he sentenced.
The president of the CMB believe that in the future Haney should look elsewhere other than Garcia nor Díaz to continue his undefeated and dreams of making a unification with Teofimo Lopez.
“Haney has already made a call to Theophimus”, He pointed. “So it will be something we are waiting for. I personally am very flexible to give Haney the best fight he can put up. “
Although Theophimus currently holds the scepters of the AMB, FIB and OMB, will seek to climb the super lightweight to face Josh taylor, unified champion of that division.