Unfortunately for the fans who hoped that they would be able to see the duel between someone from the new big four of the light category at the first opportunity, this will obviously not happen in the first half of this year.
But some things have started and at least matches are being arranged. After we learned the intent of Gervonta Davis, who will (temporarily) go on to attack the super lightweight title, plans for WBC champion Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) are also known.
22-year-old Haney should enter the ring on May 15 against Jorge Linares (47-, 29 KOs). The 35-year-old Linares is a well-known boxer who has already held super featherweight and lightweight titles, and many remember him for one of the best matches of recent years, fighting with Vasyl Lomachenko in May 2018.
The always exciting Linares should offer an interesting match, but many also write him off, that is, they think that he is a boxer whose best days are behind him, and there is an argument for as many as five knockout defeats.
Haney would certainly like to avoid such an opponent because Linares can hardly be a fighter as he once was and it is noticeable that Haney is in serious years in which he can hardly achieve a good result.
Teofimo Lopez and Vasyl Lomachenko
Still, there is no other option for Haney at the moment, as the belt-unifying match against Teofimo Lopez has not even come to the start of negotiations.
A fight with Lopez would be very attractive and most would like to have such a match in which we would surely have something to see. Vasyl Lomachenko was mentioned a bit, but it seems that even the Ukrainian will not get a chance to reach the belt in the next match and that he would still have to wait a bit.
Of course, that fight would offer a lot too Linares is thus probably the best and most exciting remaining option. Having already mentioned the new young big four, the exact plans for the remaining duo are not known. Lopez holds three championship belts, so he has a big target on him, but no official challenger.
It certainly won’t be the remaining young “ace,” Ryan Garcia, who was already in a couple of negotiations (among other things for the match against Manny Pacquiao), but no deal was reached. Haney would certainly like to avoid such an opponent because Linares can hardly be a fighter as he once was and it is noticeable that Haney is in serious years in which he can hardly achieve a good result.