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Devin Haney ordered to face Sandor Martin, big decisions ahead – Boxing News 24


The WBC has ordered Devin Haney to defend his welterweight title against mandatory Sandor Martin. Bets on Haney vs. Martin will be announced on June 18.

Will Haney look for other options?

It remains to be seen whether Haney and his promoter Eddie Hearn will try to delay the fight against Martin, giving him a step aside, or ask the WBC for an exemption, setting up a unification match against one of the other three 140-pound champions. .

Haney's real problem with Sandor Martin is that the fight won't sell on DAZN PPV and comes with a lot of risk. Haney and his team have a big decision to make because this is a fight he could lose. Haney has little financial advantage fighting Sandor.

Sandor Martin: a threat to Haney's future

A loss to Sandor could ruin Haney's earning potential, ending any hopes he had of a rematch with Ryan Garcia or a big-money fight against Gervonta Davis.

Although the southpaw Martin's knockout percentage is only 35.7, he has enough power in his right hook to hurt Haney and finish the process that Ryan Garcia started. In Sandor Martin's controversial loss to Teofimo Lopez in 2022, he knocked him out twice in the fight and may have beaten him.

If Sandor can do the same to Teofimo, there's a good chance he'll drop Haney as well and possibly knock him out.

Haney (31-1, 15 KOs) being ordered to defend the non-puncher Martin (42-3, 15 KOs) might be music to his ears right now, considering this is the type of fight he needs after his loss to Ryan Garcia in defeat by majority decision in three knockdowns and 12 rounds on April 20.

In that fight, Ryan exposed Haney's chin by repeatedly hurting him with left hooks and came close to knocking him out in the seventh round when he dropped him four times. Referee Harvey Dock counted only one knockdown, but Haney was hit four times in the seventh fight.

Sandor Martin: “I'm going to become world champion”

“This is the first step towards the opportunity I have been waiting for my whole life. I know that I will not lose, I know that I will become world champion and I just hope that everything will go as it should, so that my dream will come true,” Sandor Martin told Mundo Deportivo.

Sandor ended Mikey Garcia's 2021 career by beating him by a 10-round majority decision in a one-sided fight.


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