Devin Haney: Lightweight champion denies being racist after claiming he would ‘never lose to a white boy’

WBC champion said ‘Fight a white boy 10 times, I’m going to beat him 10 times’ in reference to Vasyl Lomachenko

Tom Kershaw
Sunday 19 April 2020 10:39
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WBC lightweight world champion Devin Haney has denied being racist and says he rejects “discrimination of any kind” after claiming he “would never lose to a white boy”.

Haney, 21, made the comment during an interview when asked about the possibility of facing Ukrainian world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.

Speaking to 78SportsTV, Haney said: ”I’ll tell you this. I will never lose to a white boy in my life. I don’t care what nobody got to say.

“Fight a white boy 10 times, I’m going to beat him 10 times.”

Haney’s comments received a fierce backlash on social media, with 135lbs rival Ryan Garcia writing: ”We should all respect everyone from every race and see who the best man is!

“I respect Devin Haney and I believe he didn’t mean this with racist intent but let’s all respect each other for the love of the sport.”

Haney later responded to the criticism and said: ”I’m not racist and I never will be a racist. I’m chasing greatness.”

He then added: “I just had a very positive conversation with Mauricio Sulaiman, president of the WBC, and confirmed to him directly my commitment to be a role model and my absolute rejection of discrimination of any kind.”

Haney won the WBC lightweight title last year but was declared ‘champion in recess’ due of injury.

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