Boxer Joe Laws claims he was “hungover” when he sparred Devin Haney – and still got the better of him.
The ‘Benwell Bomber’ has been in a war of words with Haney over a sparring session a couple of years ago, where Laws claims he was too strong for a fighter some experts consider a future pound-for-pound king.
American prodigy Haney, who fights on the KSI and Logan Paul undercard on Saturday, responded to the claims on Twitter – joking the Geordie fighter “must be drunk’.
Laws admitted alcohol was a factor when the two undefeated stars clashed during a Las Vegas sparring session – yet claims he he “done him”.
“I was hungover by the way, the day before I’d been to Caesar’s Palace and I woke up and said ‘I can’t be a*****’ but I got a black coffee down me and got to the gym,” said Joe.
“I went down to the gym and asked who am I sparring. They said a kid called Devin Haney and I didn’t know who he was.
“I said ‘sound, is he any good?’ – when they went ‘yeah…he’s alright’ so I knew he must be good.
“He had Floyd Mayweather’s dad in his corner and I was wearing my trainers, dirty shorts and vest.”
After agreeing to a six rounder, Joe admits “he couldn’t hit him” in the first two as crafty Haney slipped his shots.
“In the third round I caught him with a massive left hook and his legs buckled – the full gym went ‘oooohhh’,” added Joe.
“I just set about him after that and in the fourth round I just brayed him.”
The Tyneside fighter claims highly-touted Haney “jumped out” after that, unwilling to continue the session.
He continues: “I said to his dad ‘I thought we were doing six?!’ and he just went ‘that will do Devin, that will do, you have had a hard week’.
“But it is the unwritten rule of sparring, whatever rounds you say you are going to do, you do.
“I’m not saying I would have, but if I knew it had been four rounds, I’d have put the pace on more in the first two.”
Despite trading stories about the spar, Laws is the first to admit Haney is “mint”.
And he notes Haney was no older than 18 when the two squared off.
Now 20, Haney – nicknamed ‘The Dream’ – is already a world champion and regarded as one of the best lightweights in the world.
That didn’t stop Laws calling him out live on Sky Sports after beating Justice Addy at the Utilita Arena last month.
And he’d love to fight him again one day.
“In the last minute of the third, and the fourth, I had him all over,” claims Laws.
“If that was an amateur fight he probably would have won.
“I was laughing at his shots, I was pushing him down and manhandling him. He was a kid and I was about 21, but that is what happened. I done him.
“At the minute, I’d train for a six round fight and I would give him 18 minutes of sheer hell and I think I would catch him.
“I’ve got in his head and I know he would want to knock me out to prove a point and I’d think great, I’ve been born with two Peugeot 206 doors welded to my chin – come at me.”