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January 09, 2019

DEVIN HANEY: I WILL BE A WORLD CHAMPION THIS YEAR
By G. Leon

Boxing Phenom planning to make statement vs. Ndogeni

Greg Leon: How has everything gone in preparation for your Shobox main event vs. South Africa's undefeated Xolisani Ndongeni? 

Devin Haney: Everything is going good. Everything is going as planned and I'm just ready to get to work. I'm looking forward to fighting in Shreveport, Louisiana, I've never fought there before so this is a new experience for me. I'm going to make sure it's a memorable one.

GL: What do you know about him as a fighter?

DH: "I know he's a very good fighter. You don't get to 25-0 if you can't fight. I've actually seen him train and spar at the Mayweather gym and you don't get to that record by beating just anybody. He's a former IBO champion for a reason and he's definitely going to be a tough test."

GL: You're going to be faster and quicker and pretty much everyone you're matched with, including Ndongeni. Other than your speed and quickness, what is your biggest advantage coming into the ring?

DH: "My ring IQ and my experience. A lot of people don't know how smart I am in there because I've been in the ring with many world champions. On paper it doesn't show I've got experience, but throughout the years of sparring I feel like I have a lot of good experience as well."

GL: Will the fight go the distance?

DH: "Of course the best way to win is by knockout or to stop your opponent, but if it goes the distance I won't be mad."

GL: What are you hoping a victory in this fight leads to?

DH: "A world title. I've been telling the world that I'm not a prospect, I'm a contender. On January 11th I'm going to show the world that again."

GL: This is your third straight Shobox Main Event. Are you hoping it's the last one?

DH: "Definitely. I know that with the performance I'm about to put on, it's going to take me to the next level."

GL: What are your 2019 goals?

DH: "To become world champion."

GL: World champion or bust? Or World champion or being the mandatory?

DH: "The goal is to become world champion and to win a world title."

GL: What did you think about [WBA lightweight champion] Vasily Lomachenko's recent win over Jose Pedraza?

DH: "Lomachenko won and took care of business and that's really all that matters."

GL: How many times do you plan on fighting this year?

DH: "Of course I want to stay busy and fight as much as I can, but winning a world title this year is more important to me than how many times I fight."

GL: Teofimo Lopez has been making a lot of noise at lightweight recently, is that a fight you see happening somewhere down the road?

DH: "I'd fight Teofimo right now. It doesn't have to happen down the road."

GL: He took Mason Menard after you did, maybe they'll do the same thing with Ndogeni too.

DH: "He definitely followed my footsteps on that one, so maybe they'll take Ndogeni afterwards. (laughs)

GL: Who do you like, Manny Pacquiao or Adrien Broner?

DH: "I want Broner to win."

GL: Does that mean you like Pacquiao?

DH: (laughs) "I think it's going to be a good fight and a tough match-up. Pacquiao can win and AB can win, it just depends on who is better prepared."

GL: What about Spence-Garcia?

DH: "Spence. I think they make weight classes for a reason. I know Mikey wants to be great, but Spence is a beast."

GL: Closing thoughts for the fans?

DH: "I want to thank you for the interview, I want to thank the fans for their support. I want everyone to tune in because it's going to be a great night of action and I'm going to put on a show."

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