Devin Haney next fight: Will Tank Davis or Teofimo Lopez boxing superfights happen?

When it comes to boxing’s elite, no fighter is targeting the best more than WBC super lightweight champion Devin Haney, who takes on speedy Californian Ryan Garcia at the Barclays Center in Brooklyn on April 20.

Former undisputed lightweight king Haney is on a roll right now. Last May the American sharpshooter scored a 12-round unanimous decision over former pound-for-pound king Vasiliy Lomachenko before outclassing the highly-rated Regis Prograis seven months later.

After becoming a two-weight world champion, Haney immediately went after the talented Garcia, who happens to be an old amateur rival. However, despite Garcia’s overall quality, the super-skilled Haney has been installed as a prohibitive -600 favorite (per BetMGM) to prevail.

WATCH: Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia, live on DAZN

As is always the case, fight fans enjoy looking ahead and there are plenty of big-fight options available for Haney should he turn back the Garcia challenge.

The Sporting News takes a look at four possible opponents and offers a likelihood rating for each (1. Highly Unlikely 2. Unlikely 3. Possible 4. Likely 5. Highly Likely):

Will Devin Haney fight Tank Davis?

Gervonta Davis

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Wouldn’t that be lovely?

Haney vs. Tank is the biggest fight available at 140 pounds, which is probably one of the reasons why fans will have to wait forever and a day to see it.

While Davis (29-0, 27 KOs) currently campaigns at lightweight as the WBA champ, the hard-hitting lefty from Baltimore has fought up at super lightweight before. In December 2021, Tank scored a points win over Isaac Cruz to claim the WBA “regular” title in this division.

However, there’s a lot of vitriol and ego at play, with both teams insisting that they’re the A-side in a potential matchup; Haney because he’s the more decorated fighter and Tank because he’s an established pay-per-view star.

Don’t hold your breath.

Likelihood: 1/5

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Will Devin Haney fight Shakur Stevenson?

Shakur Stevenson

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This matchup was close to transpiring at 135 pounds.

After Haney outpointed Lomachenko to retain the undisputed lightweight title, Stevenson was installed as his WBC mandatory challenger. However, Haney, who was struggling badly to make lightweight, relinquished his belts and moved up.

Subsequently, Stevenson (21-0, 10 KOs) outpointed Edwin De Los Santos in a dull affair to pick up Haney’s old WBC crown.

The pair have gone back and forth on social media, with Stevenson volunteering to step in for Garcia should he withdraw from the April 20 date. There’s almost no chance that will happen, but the fight could take place later in the year.

Stevenson is represented by Top Rank, with whom Haney – a free agent – still has a good relationship.

Likelihood: 3/5

WATCH: Devin Haney vs. Ryan Garcia, live on DAZN

Will Devin Haney fight Teofimo Lopez?

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This is a terrific fight that should be easy to make, but there are warning signs.

Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) is the WBO and Ring Magazine champion at 140 pounds and he’s an exceptional talent. In October 2020, “The Takeover” dethroned Lomachenko to claim the unified title at lightweight and crashed pound-for-pound lists.

After blowing hot and cold in subsequent fights, Lopez rediscovered his old form to wrench the titles he now holds from the previously unbeaten Josh Taylor last May. In terms of history and lineage, Lopez is therefore the man to beat.

However, the 26-year-old from Brooklyn has been woefully inactive and unpredictable in recent years. Lopez retired following the Taylor win only to reverse that decision three months later and he consistently falls in and out of love with the sport.

Haney has welcomed the fight, but it’s been reported by various sources that Lopez is on the verge of finalizing a deal to face the unheralded Steve Claggett on June 29 in Miami.

Likelihood: 2/5

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Will Devin Haney fight Subriel Matias?

Subriel Matias on the attack against Shohjanon Ergashev

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Matias (20-1, 20 KOs) is the IBF super lightweight champion and the division bogeyman, but his reputation as a puncher does not faze Haney.

During a recent media scrum in Las Vegas, Haney was asked about the possibility of a unification matchup with the Puerto Rican knockout artist. “They’re using [the bogeyman tag] to sell him, but he ain’t no bogeyman to me,” said the WBC boss via FightHype. “After this fight [with Garcia], we can explore that fight.”

Matias was recently signed by Matchroom Boxing, with whom Haney has a solid relationship. In terms of broadcaster and promoter affiliations, this one looks hassle-free.

The only thing that might get in the way is money. Matias is not as big a star as Tank, Stevenson or Lopez, so superfight dollars will be hard to come by. There’s no serious demand for the fight and some tub-thumping is definitely required.

It’s therefore crucial that Matias makes a statement against the unbeaten Liam Paro whom he faces in a homecoming appearance on June 15.

Likelihood: 3/5

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