Devin Haney and Zaur Abdullaev will square off for the WBC Interim World Lightweight at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York on Friday, September 13.
The spoils of war include not only the WBC Interim Title, but also the chance to face WBC Champion, and pound for pound king, Vasyl Lomachenko.
“The WBC Interim World Championship means a lot to me,” said Haney. “Some people kept labelling me a prospect when I knew I was so much more. Being able to fight for an Interim World title means everything. This not only makes me the WBC mandatory for Vasiliy Lomachenko, but I’m able to do Interim title defences until Loma is ready to fight. I believe the winner of Haney vs Abdullaev is in a really good position with the WBC.
“I know Abdullaev is focused. He’s been at the top of the rankings for a while now, so I know he’s ready to fight. He’s an undefeated fighter, who has beaten some quality opposition, so I take him very seriously. I’m just very excited to face Abdullaev because it will show the world my skills and why I am the new face of the sport.
“Training camp has been great. We started strength and conditioning with Coach Reggie at Phase 1. I really got stronger, and I can feel the difference. I spent the next portion of camp at the SNAC System facility in the Bay Area working with Victor Conte. There I worked on my speed and explosiveness with well-renowned track coach Remi Korchemny. I’ve had a world class training camp, with everything from strength and conditioning, to tremendous sparring, included with a lot of rest and recovery. This will be another memorable performance like my last fight on DAZN.”