Today Showtime Networks announced that top undefeated lightweight boxing prospect Devin Haney will face three-time world title challenger Juan Carlos Burgos in the 10-round main event of a ShoBox: The New Generation triple header live on Friday Sept. 28 from the Pechanga Resort Casino in Temecula, Calif.
The 19-year-old Haney (19-0, 13 KOs) returns for his second consecutive challenge of 2018 on ShoBox, this time against Burgos (33-2-2, 21 KOs), a veteran of 37 fights whose only defeats have come in world championship bouts. Haney most recently has been in the headlines when it was revealed he is dating reality star Blac Chyna.
Highlights of undefeated lightweight prospect Devin Haney as he defeated veteran Mason Menard via ninth-round TKO in the main event of ShoBox: The New Generation. #SHOSports Subscribe to the SHOWTIME Sports YouTube channel: https://goo.gl/s8CWVT About ShoBox: The New Generation Since its inception in July 2001, the critically acclaimed SHOWTIME boxing series, ShoBox: The New Generation has featured young talent matched tough.
Haney is the youngest boxing promoter ever with Devin Haney Promotions, which is the lead promoter for the fight, and hails from Oakland, California, while currently fighting out of Las Vegas, where he has earned a reputation as a prodigy having sparred with Floyd Mayweather, Shawn Porter, Jessie Vargas and Rances Barthelemy.
Haney, who is trained and managed by his father William Haney, received a special exception to make his U.S. debut on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao vs. Timothy Bradley III when he was just 17 years old.
Burgos is a tough fighter who has been in several world title fights, so I know hes going to be ready for war, Haney said. Hes been in with Mikey Garcia and Rocky Martinez, so I know hes my toughest opponent to date. Im ready to shine once again on SHOWTIME, give the fans another great performance and prove Im ready to take the next step.
Burgos ran up a 25-0 record with 19 KOs to start his professional career before earning a world title shot when he was just 22 years old, dropping a decision to Hozumi Hasegawa in 2010 in Japan. The Tijuana, Mexico native went unbeaten in his next seven fights, including a draw in a title challenge against then-WBO Junior Lightweight World Champion Roman Martinez.
Devin Haney exceeded all expectations on ShoBox in May and hes returning in another step-up fight against a three-time world title challenger, said Gordon Hall, Executive Producer of ShoBox: The New Generation. Haney is already one of the best prospects in boxing, and a victory against Burgos could put him in a position for a title shot in 2019.
Burgos challenged 130-pound champion Mikey Garcia in 2014, losing a unanimous decision against the pound-for-pound mainstay. He has since won three consecutive bouts from 2016-17 after taking a nearly three-year hiatus from boxing.
Devin Haney is good fighter but my experience in big fights will be the difference when we step in the ring, Burgos said. My back is against the wall and Im ready to rise to the occasion and get this victory. He might think hes the next big thing, but Im at a whole different level.
Haney was a seven-time national junior amateur champion and has been considered one of boxings top prospects since turning professional at the age of 16 in Mexico. He faced the toughest test of his career this May on ShoBox, shutting out Mason Menard over nine rounds before Menards corner threw in the towel before the start of the 10th and final round.