When you think of elite young names in boxing, the name Devin Haney is always in the conversation. Since 2015, Haney has alarmed the boxing universe with his impressive progress. The undefeated young pugilist is already a world champion. Aside from this, Devin’s rise to greatness has also earned him the means to open his own promotional company.
In an attempt to fight for the undisputed lightweight championship, ‘The Dream’ took the unconventional route. Following his win over George Kambosos Jr., Devin became the world’s first undisputed champion in the lightweight boxing division.
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At this stage, the lightweight elite is a global megastar, holding huge fanbases across many countries. The 1.75 m tall orthodox also has enough haters and rivals in the boxing universe. But he doesn’t let them curb his popularity as a top-tier athlete.
Aside from being a world-class boxer, Haney has also proven to be an entertainer in the combat sports realm. His off-canvas persona has garnered quite the attention of his fanbase. Right from his dating life to the boxing regimes, nationality, and more, boxing fans continue posing their interest in the California-born.
Where was Devin Haney born?
Devin Haney was born on 17th November 1998 in San Francisco, California. As a child, he grew up in Oakland, California. Haney’s parents got separated before he was born, which led to a tough upbringing for him. ‘The Dream‘ began training boxing at the mere age of 7, following in his father’s footsteps who was a boxer himself. Devin instantly fell in love with the sport. By the age of 14, he moved to Las Vegas with his father, Bill.
During his amateur career, Devin became a 7-time national champion to go along with his record of 130 wins and 8 losses. By the age of 16, Haney was already a pro, becoming the state’s youngest boxer at the time. The American boxer has since established himself as a top name in the sports, known for his skills, talent, and tenacity.
He began his professional career in 2015. Since he wasn’t old enough to secure a license in the States, Devin had to start in Mexico. He hasn’t looked back ever since, winning all his 29 fights so far. At the time of this writing, Haney still lives in Las Vegas, Nevada. In terms of ethnicity, Quick Celeb Facts reports that Devin is African-American.
What religion does Devin Haney follow?
Despite being a world-renowned boxer, Devin Haney has kept much of his private life away from the media. ‘The Dream’ is undoubtedly a boxing sensation, especially after being linked to Floyd Mayweather. Sharing similar traits with ‘Money,’ Devin has already achieved the status of an undefeated champion.
As per reports, Devin had always believed in god’s existence and was never an atheist. However, he shared something in April 2021 that sent the boxing world into a frenzy. Haney took to Instagram Live and claimed his faith in Islam by saying, “Yes, I’m a Muslim.”
Since his announcement, many admirers backed him wholeheartedly, but several haters never stopped mocking his beliefs. The following month, Haney took to social media where he praised the religion. “Thank you GOD (Allah) Alhamdulillah 🤲🏽”, Devin wrote in his tweet.
Thank you GOD (Allah) Alhamdulillah 🤲🏽
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) May 22, 2021
Haney continues to remain unconcerned about what others say about his beliefs. The Las Vegas resident seems content to be a member of the Islamic society. ‘The Dream’ has continued to post statements praising the religion on Twitter.
In a GQ Sports interview, Haney touched on the subject. He said, “The most important essential to me is The Quran. I’m a voice for 2 billion Muslims all over the world. Allah has definitely advanced my boxing career. It was kinda like a family thing how I converted over to Islam. But Islam, since I have converted, it changed my life.”
“Whatever you’re going through in life, the Quran has answers. It’s important to have faith,” said Haney. “That’s why I say it[praise to Allah] so much because I’m thankful for everything that he’s blessed me with.”
In March of 2023, Haney took to Instagram to share about his trip to Mecca, a place that holds utmost importance in the Islamic world.