Devin Haney y cómo comenzó su carrera en un billar de Tijuana a los 17 años

The career of the regular lightweight champion of the World Boxing Council, Devin haney, is linked from the beginning to Tijuana and Mexico, the city where he began his career and where he fought ten fights, in a country where half of his rivals have emerged.

HaneyBorn on November 17, 1998, his dream of being an Olympic medalist in Rio 2016 was frustrated. Despite his quality, he was not selected to make the United States team. Disappointed, he did not want to wait four more years and jumped into boxing for pay.

A) Yes, Devin haney He had barely turned 17 when he made his professional debut at El Perro Salado Pool in Tijuana. He fought twice in eight days at the same venue, to begin a career that now has him as world champion.

The Mexican Gonzalo lopez was the first rival of his career, which he beat by technical knockout in 35 seconds of the first round, and a week later in the same place he repeated the dose to Jose Iniguez.

Devin Haney and Billiards The Salt Dog of Tijuana

He returned two more times to The Salty Dog. First, in the first quarter of 2016 to prevail over Mexicans Jorge Chairs and Roman Melendez, the first by unanimous decision in six rounds and the second by technical knockout in the first round.

As a visitor in Tijuana and before Mexican boxers, Haney he had everything against and was booed. However, he liked that and it motivated him, in addition to preparing to perform in the United States.

After three fights in his country he returned to Tijuana, to the Grand Hotel. There he won by technical knockout in two rounds at Javier Meraz on August 12, 2016.

He closed that year with one more fight in the border city to finish in five rounds with Carlos Antonio Avila. At the beginning of 2017, he had four appearances in just over three months, the last on April 15 of that year, and he never returned to Mexico.

On January 12 and 28 he knocked out Odilón Rivera (TKO 1) now Daniel Armando Valenzuela (KO 2). On March 4 he won the vacant youth lightweight world title of the CMB to Maximino Toala, which he beat by technical knockout in four laps. Then he defeated by unanimous decision Hector Garcia Montes in his last appearance in the country.

The relationship with Mexico did not end there Haney. In the same 2017, he fought with two more Mexicans, Miguel Angel Perez and Mario Enrique Tinoco. The first, knocked out in five rounds and the second, which endured the eight rounds of the fight, both fights in the United States.

Devin Haney in Tijuana

Heading for the world title

Already en route to the world crown, on May 25, 2019 he knocked out in seven rounds to Antonio Moran to defend his International lightweight title CMB and the Intercontinental OMB, in addition to winning the International AMB.

He won the Light Acting Scepter of the CMB in September 2019 before Zaur Abdullaev. After Vasyl Lomachenko was elevated to franchise champion, the same body decided in its 57th Annual Convention that Devin haney was promoted to regular champion.

Already with that distinction, he defended his crown before Alfredo Santiago, Yuriorkis Gamboa and Jorge Linares. He will look for one more when this Saturday he faces, as a great favorite at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, to Joseph “JoJo” Diaz.