Devin Haney, at the young age of 24, has established himself as one of the top boxers in the industry with an impressive 29-0 record. He has already achieved great success by becoming the undisputed world champion in the lightweight category even before his 24th birthday.
Last year, Haney made two trips to Australia where he defeated George Kambosos Jr. to unify world champion titles and then defended all of his titles in a rematch against the same opponent, both times earning a unanimous decision from the judges.
However, competition in the weight class is strong with boxers like Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, Isaac Cruz, Shakur Stevenson, and Vasyl Lomachenko. “That fight is all agreed to and everything,” Arum told BoxingScene.com.
“And the date is pretty well set, May 20th. Now, the issue is where it’s gonna be. Will it be in New York? Well, that’s a problem because of the Knicks and the Rangers, and [Madison Square] Garden is holding dates [for NBA and NHL playoff games].
“Will it be in Las Vegas? Quite possibly. Or will it be in the Middle East, where they’re making overtures to do the fight? We’ll have an answer for you probably within 10 days. But there’s no question that the fight is on”.
The impact of fasting on training
“I’m observant with my religion, so I understand that you have to make allowances for Muslims who fast all day for a month,” Arum said. “Like Janibek [Alimkhanuly], who’s a Muslim, for him it’s no problem.
He fasts and he eats and he can train, so he doesn’t lose anything. But for [Artur] Beterbiev, it’s a problem. He says if he fasts every day, and then he eats, he can’t train properly. “So, it’s up to the individual, based on the restrictions of the religion, whether they can overcome them and still train.
Many of these guys really can’t. And I understand. If you’re fasting all day, when are you gonna go to the gym?”