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Devin Haney Faces Mandatory Challenge From Sandor Martin – Latest Boxing News


The WBC has assigned welterweight champion Devin Haney (35-1, 15 KOs) to defend against mandatory challenger Sandor Martin (42-3, 15 KOs).

Martin has been waiting for his chance to fight for the world title and is unlikely to take a step aside. He needs a legitimate opportunity now, and this is the perfect time since Haney was defeated by Ryan Garcia and his punch resistance may no longer be up to par.

According to Mundo Deportivo, betting on Haney vs. Martin is scheduled for June 18.

It will be interesting to see if Haney follows through with his title defense against Martin or if he possibly vacates his WBC title. Giving up the belt will free up Haney to seek a lucrative fight against one of the popular fighters at 140 pounds, such as Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz or Teofimo Lopez.

If Haney wants to retain his WBC title, he could offer Sandor a side step, but that's unlikely to work. The mandatory fight is already overdue and Sandor will likely want to fight Haney now since he lost to Ryan Garcia and his chin is now vulnerable.

Martin gave Teofimo Lopez huge problems, losing to him by a 10-round split decision in December 2022 at Madison Square Garden in New York. Many fans who saw this fight agree that Sandor got a raw deal, losing a fight they thought he should have won easily.

Haney can't be happy with the news that he's been ordered to defend his WBC 140-pound title against 30-year-old Spaniard Sandor because he's a strong player and it's not a fight that will generate many PPV buys on DAZN. .

If Haney is going to push for his fight against Martin to be shown on DAZN, he should be prepared for it to generate a small amount of PPV buys because this fight is not PPV worthy.

It might be a good idea for Haney to follow Ryan Garcia's example from his fight against Oscar Duarte last December and put his match against Martin on the regular DAZN.

If Haney loses to Martin, his career will be ruined and it will be nearly impossible for him to recover from this loss without moving back up to 135 pounds, where he will have a huge weight advantage over his opponents.


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