60-SEC­OND IN­TER­VIEW

Paul Wheeler talks to a teenage prodigy

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‘I WAS IN SO MUCH PAIN AT THE DEN­TIST THAT I COULDN’T STOP MY EYES FROM WA­TER­ING!’ Devin Haney

When and why you started box­ing:

I started at the age of seven. I’d been fight­ing a lot at school, so my dad took me to the gym to teach me a les­son, but I just fell in love with the sport straight­away.

Favourite all-time fighter:

I like a lot of the old fight­ers, like Charley Burley, Jer­sey Joe Wal­cott and, of course, Su­gar Ray Robin­son.

Best fight you’ve seen:

Lu­cas Matthysse vs John Molina Jnr is one of the best fights I’ve ever seen in per­son. It was a bloody war.

Per­sonal ca­reer high­light:

Turn­ing pro­fes­sional. From a young age that’s all I’d ever dreamed of do­ing.

Tough­est op­po­nent:

As an am­a­teur I fought a lot of great guys. As for the pros, it’s hard to say be­cause I’m still climb­ing the lad­der. The tough­est spar­ring ses­sions I’ve ever had have been with Floyd May­weather.

Best and worst at­tributes as a boxer:

My main strength is be­ing able to think when I’m un­der pres­sure in the ring. As for weak­nesses, I don’t want to say!

Train­ing tip:

Al­ways stay ready. Ever since I was lit­tle I’ve al­ways been in the gym, so I ended up pass­ing the guys who were ini­tially bet­ter than me, be­cause they didn’t train as much.

Favourite meal/restau­rant:

I love pizza and chicken wings. One of my favourite res­tau­rants is the Boil­ing Crab. It’s got a lot of good seafood.

Best friends in box­ing:

Dar­ren Cun­ning­ham is my best friend. He’s signed to my pro­mo­tional com­pany [Devin Haney Pro­mo­tions] and we live

‘MY TOUGH­EST SPAR­RING HAS BEEN WITH MAY­WEATHER’

to­gether. He’s cur­rently 6-0.

Other sports­man you would like to be:

I’d be a bas­ket­ball player. Prob­a­bly Lebron James be­cause he’s a worka­holic.

Last film/tv show you saw:

The last TV show I watched was

Power.

Have you ever been starstruck:

When I met [rap star] Jay-z. We spoke for a while, but I don’t re­mem­ber a thing that was said be­cause I was so starstruck!

Last time you cried:

When I went to the den­tist re­cently. I was in so much pain that I couldn’t stop my eyes from wa­ter­ing!

Best ad­vice re­ceived:

You can take some­thing use­ful from ev­ery bit of ad­vice you re­ceive.

Worst rumour about your­self:

[Laughs] I can’t go around re­peat­ing bad ru­mours about my­self!

Some­thing not many peo­ple know about you:

I’m the king of [video game] NBA 2K.

Photo: MARK J REBILAS/USA TO­DAY SPORTS

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