By Tré Berry III🖊️
A late recap – On the undercard of Logan Paul/KSI, undefeated young Lightweight super-talent 🇺🇸Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0-0, 15KO👊) remained undefeated by outpointing previously unbeaten Dominican boxer 🇩🇴Alfredo Santiago (12-1-0, 4KO👊) to a 12 round Unanimous Decision that resulted with complete shutout scores on all 3 official scorecards (120-107 x3).
Alfredo has an odd style that is difficult to pick up inside of the ring, and also tough to look good against, and Devin Haney, who took this fight on short notice, had a taste of that in this fight. Though the fight was a complete blow out (🚨I had it 119-108), Santiago continued to try out different looks, and Haney had to keep readjusting, and looking for different ways to get around Santiago’s rangy attack. As a top-flight talent, Haney did what he was supposed to do, and tacked on the points, albeit a boring fight that the youtube-generated crowd didn’t take too kindly to. As far as Haney, I see that he has received some criticism for what some consider a flat performance. In my estimation, he was not flat, referring back to the awkwardness of Santiago specified above. There is a difference between a good looking performance, and an effective one, and the the onset goal is to try and 🌉bridge the two together, but if you can’t, and you’re forced to make a decision, then it is more important to be effective to maintain your level of consistency, so that you are well prepared for any style thrown at you, even those like in Santiago’s case where he brought a strange dynamic to the ring that Haney had to alter his attack to. You will not always put together a highlight performance, and a boxer, regardless of how good he or she is, shouldn’t be held to that standard regardless of your stature, so in between those spectacular showings, you will have these type of bouts where you have to pick a more methodical approach to get the job done.
🗣️TIME FOR US TO ADDRESS THE WBC SITUATION – This was Haney’s 1st defense of his recently elevated WBC Title status, but given the shameless steps that the WBC that is taking right now in creating a brand new moniker, that being the “Franchise Title” which you cannot lose in the ring, and splitting the Championship status between the regular WBC title, and the Franchise title, it creates an confusing situation, and further widens the divide in boxing considering the governing bodies (exclusively applied by the WBA & WBC these days). Being grilled on the move, the explanation for the move by 🕴️President Mauricio Sulaiman makes no sense at all, and is backed by him getting widespread criticism for it from all corners, and a mass amount of questions by media personnel who tried to make any semblance of sense by it. While the “Franchise Title” can’t be lost in the ring, 🥇🥇🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-1-0, 10KO👊) should still be viewed as thee WBC Champion in the Governing body until or if he loses in the ring, or if he vacates the division, so although Haney’s interim status was upgraded to WBC Champion, he should be looked at as the WBC #1 contender in a world that makes sense. Another issue with this is that the Franchise tag takes away the mandate of whoever possesses the Franchise Title with no obligation to fight the “full” WBC Titlist, which by proxy alone is a HUGE problem going forward. Fortunately for this particular situation, Lomachenko looks to fight the best that’s out there, and Haney has been chomping at the bit to fight him, so that fight may ultimately happen 2 or 3 fights down the line regardless of the mandatory obligations being taken out of the equation, so that is a plus for boxing.
Now for the version of the WBC Title that Devin Haney possesses, he is obligated to take on mandatory challenges, and his mandatory is perennial contender 🇩🇴Javier Fortuna, who fought a couple weeks ago and was victorious via TKO victory over 🇦🇷Jesus Cuellar. Word is that the wheels are moving quickly and both parties look to doing their part to secure the details towards this being the next fight for each.