Promoter Eddie Hearn says WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. and former featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa are both targets for the return of WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney (pictured) in November, live on DAZN. Haney (24-0 15 KOs) is raring to return to the ring after he was forced into surgery when injuring his shoulder against Alfredo Santiago in Los Angeles in November. The 21 year old has fully recovered and November 7th is the date promoter Hearn has earmarked for ‘The Dream’ to display his talents for the first time in 2020, with Russell and Gamboa the two men vying to take on the Las Vegas star.
Haney and long reigning WBC featherweight champion Russell Jnr (31-1 18 KOs) have become embroiled in a war of words on social media over the potential clash, while Gamboa (30-3 18 KOs) is aiming for a third shot at becoming a two-weight champion – and Hearn expects to name Haney’s foe next week.
“Devin has been doing a great job in keeping his profile active during lockdown but now it’s almost time for get busy in the ring,” said Hearn. “November 7th is the targeted date for his return and the two main targets are Gary Russell Jr and Yuriorkis Gamboa. Both are great fights for Devin as he approaches a key stretch in his career to become standout star. Devin is ready to defend against all comers and I can’t wait to see him back in the ring in November.”