Comparisons happen often in boxing. Terence Crawford, thanks to his win over Errol Spence Jr., is now being juxtaposed with Floyd Mayweather. Who would ultimately win is somewhat extraneous. Unless someone digs up a time machine, we’ll never know. Still, the comparison is the important factor.
Devin Haney understands that part of the game. With that said, he doesn't appreciate the fighters being used as a euphemism for himself.
Shakur Stevenson, Teofimo Lopez, and Gervonta Davis are often the first names brought up when Haney becomes the topic of the conversation. Each of those aforementioned fighters has carved out their own lane. Stevenson is a two-division champion, Lopez aggregated practically every world title in the lightweight division, depending on who you ask. And Davis has grabbed at least some version of a championship belt in three separate weight classes. Most importantly, his bankroll and popularity are through the roof.
Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) respects all of his peers. Whether they are highly ranked contenders, current title holders, or fighters who have no hope of achieving any of the above - Haney reveres them all. Still, even with the reverence he has for everyone, the 24-year-old doesn't believe that any of them are in his league. Both skill-wise and from an accomplishment standpoint.
Something must be wrong with the eyesight of fans and media pundits. Haney is hoping that everyone takes the time to take a hard look at his resume. In his last six appearances, the opponents Haney lined up against either held a world title or weren’t too far removed from a championship reign.
Skills pay the bills of course, but when it comes to comparisons, Haney would appreciate it if none of the active fighters are compared to him. Instead, think of names such as Floyd Mayweather, Sugar Ray Leonard, and the rest of the historical greats when Haney comes across your mind.
“Gamboa, Linares, Jojo Diaz, Kambosos 2x, Loma and Prograis next,” said Haney on his social media account as he rattled off previous and upcoming opponents. 24 years old. Only compare me to greats cause only greats have done it.”