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Jermell Charlo supports Devin Haney over being left off Ring Magazine pound-for-pound

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By Chris Williams: Jermell Charlo came out on Twitter last weekend to support undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney about his unhappiness at being left off Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list.

Devin, 23, wanted to vacate his Ring Magazine lightweight title over being left off their pound-for-pound list, but undisputed 154-lb champion Jermell says he should enjoy his titles and not worry about the opinions of others. In other words, keep the Ring 135-lb title.

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

Ring Magazine’s pound-for-pound list includes twice beaten Canelo Alvarez, who is coming off a loss to Dmitry Bivol, and Vasyl Lomachenko. He’s another fighter with two defeats on his record, yet he made the Ring Magazine list but NOT the unbeaten Haney.

Haney recently had an exchange with Ring Magazine’s Doug Fisher about his desire to give up his lightweight title with their organization, and it’s unclear if he’s going to go through with vacating it or not.

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

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

Haney needs wins over the quality lightweights in the division that are well-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
  • Michel Rivera

Haney is going to be around for a long time, so he shouldn’t be worrying about pound-for-pound lists at this point in his career. Only hardcore boxing fans are aware of the pound-for-pound lists.

The average fans, who purchase pay-per-views, have no clue about those lists and wouldn’t care if they were told about them. What Haney should be focused on is beating the best available opponents and letting organizations like Ring Magazine decide whether to include him or not.

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