Speaking on the 78SPORTSTV YouTube channel, the unbeaten lightweight boxer commented after being asked about the fight against the unified Ukrainian light world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
“I can tell you this – I will never lose to a white boy in my life,” said the 21-year-old. said.
“I don’t care what nobody has to say. Look, no white boy can fight, I don’t care, any day of the week. I fight 10 times with a white boy, I will beat him 10 times. “
Haney has been widely criticized on social media for his comments. Light American Companion Ryan Garcia tweeted: “We must all respect everyone in each race and see who the best man is! I respect Devin Haney and I think he didn’t mean that with racist intent but we all respect each other for the love of sport . “
Lou DiBella, president of the boxing event company DiBella Entertainment, tweeted that he did not think that Haney intended to be hateful, but that boxing can do without “racial s ** t”.
Boxing promoter Michelle Rosado said on Twitter, “Imagine a white or Hispanic fighter saying what Haney said, but about black fighters. Double standards are real and disgusting. There is no room for all this. It is not necessary . “
Haney then posted twice on Twitter.
“I am not a racist and I will never be a racist. I am pursuing greatness,” he said in his first Publish.
Then he published: “I just had a very positive conversation with Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC, and directly confirmed to him my commitment to be a model and my absolute rejection of any form of discrimination.”
Haney is a former WBC lightweight champion. He successfully defended the title against Alfredo Santiago in November 2019 but suffered a shoulder injury in combat and was later declared a “recreation champion”.