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Haney Suggests Welterweight Move After Barrios Promoted To WBC Full Title

Devin Haney showed his love for the news that Mario Barrios has been promoted to full WBC welterweight title on Tuesday. Haney made a private social media post expressing his interest in Barrios’ WBC title.

Some fans believe that Haney (31-1, 15 KOs) may vacate his WBC 140-lb title to step up to challenge Barrios (29-2, 18 KOs) for his 147 belt.

It could be a situation where Haney chooses an endangered champion to strip him of his belt and leave behind the 140-lb division.

“Mauriciooooo.. 👀,” said Devin Haney on X, reacting to the news that Mario Barrios was promoted to full WBC welterweight champion on Tuesday.

Disappointment with Top Rank Purse Bid

Earlier on Tuesday, WBC light welterweight champion Haney was disappointed that Top Rank won the lowest bid of 2.42 million won to win his Sandor Martin tie.

The money Haney will get for this title defense is small compared to what he got for his fight with Ryan Garcia. Haney may consider moving up to welterweight, where he can expand his horizons.

Perhaps the unkind cut was Top Rank being the only bidder and Matchroom not bidding for the fight. Haney has worked with Matchroom in the past, so it was bound to be a disappointment.

The only problem with Haney moving up to welterweight to relieve Barrios of his WBC title is that there are no fights that pay him well in this division. There are no other fighters in the 147-lb division that are popular, and it doesn’t make sense for Haney to leave 140 just because he’s not interested in fighting Sandor Martin.

Haney’s Ultimatum to Garcia

Ryan Garcia is expected to begin campaigning at welterweight when he resumes his career after being suspended due to his positive PED test since last April. It would be the only reason for Haney to move up to 147, other than taking the WBC title from Barrios.

“I’m going to take some time, use some of my money, travel the world and come back two years after Ryan is suspended and we can fight again,” said Haney.

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