Jermell Charlo backs Devin Haney for being left out Ring Magazine pound for pound

By Chris Williams: Jermell Charlo took to Twitter last weekend to support undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney over his upset at being left off Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list.

Devin, 23, wanted to vacate his Ring Magazine lightweight title because he was dropped from their pound-for-pound list, but undisputed 154-pound champion Jermell says he should enjoy his titles and not caring about the opinions of others. In other words, retain the Ring 135-lb title.

Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) feels he deserves a spot on the pound-for-pound list after his win over unified George Kambosos Jr. last June earned him the undisputed 135-pound championship.

Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list includes twice-beaten Canelo Alvarez, who just lost to Dmitry Bivol, and Vasyl Lomachenko. He’s another fighter with two losses under his belt, but he made the Ring Magazine list but NOT the undefeated Haney.

Haney recently had an exchange with Doug Fisher of Ring Magazine about his desire to relinquish his lightweight title with their organization, and it’s unclear if he’ll quit or not.

If Haney continues to win, he’ll eventually make Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list, but he needs bigger names to be included.

There’s nothing wrong with George Kambosos Jr, but it’s widely accepted that he was a one-hit wonder, a fighter who took advantage of an injured Teofimo Lopez to dethrone his four belts.

Haney needs wins over division-quality lightweights who are highly respected by boxing fans. If Haney were to beat these guys, he’d be a shoo-in for Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list:

  • Vasyl Lomachenko
  • Gervonta Davis
  • isaac cruz
  • Ryan Garcia
  • Jose Zepeda
  • Jose Ramirez
  • Teofimo Lopez
  • Subriel Matias
  • Shakur Stevenson
  • Oscar Valdez
  • Michael Rivera

Haney is going to be around for a long time, so he shouldn’t worry about pound-for-pound rosters at this point in his career. Only hardcore boxing fans know about pound-for-pound lists.

Average fans, who buy pay-per-views, have no idea about these listings and wouldn’t care to know about them. What Haney should focus on is beating the best opponents available and letting organizations like Ring Magazine decide whether or not to include him.