Devin Haney believes he has got rid of the L plates and is now a bonafide Lightweight contender.
The flashy American prospect won over BoxNation viewers in the early hours of Saturday morning as he dominated previously unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni, winning a shutout on all but one card after 10 rounds in Lousiana.
Haney, who is now unbeaten in 21 fights, was remarkably accurate landing 40% of his shots and put the 135lb division on notice.
Devin, 20, insisted he would take a World Title fight next if it was offered, adding: “I want those top fights, like I said. Now they really can’t deny me. I’ve been saying this for a long time, but now, I’m a contender.”
He has the star qualities needed to become a World Champion, but he is in a formidable division.
Vasyl Lomachenko holds the WBA and WBO belts, Mikey Garcia still holds the WBC belt but is leaping up two weights to face Errol Spence.
If Garcia relinquishes, Haney could well be in the shake up and at worst should get an eliminator that would lead to a crack at the famous green belt.
Richard Commey and Isa Chaniev fight for the vacant IBF Title on February 2 in another World Title fight on BoxNation. Haney would fancy his chances against either, but it’s suggested the winner is being lined up for Lomachenko.
Haney added: “I’m getting stronger with each fight and I feel my man strength emerging. Ndongeni was a very durable fighter. I attribute his big heart for keeping him in the fight. I knew I was the superior fighter.
“I showed everyone I can fight coming forward, I can box, I can bang, I do it all. I’m ready...no one is stopping me.”