Lightweight prospect Devin Haney will make his ShoBox: The Next Generation debut on May 11 when he faces Mason Menard in a 10-round bout from 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, but now there is more at stake.
The vacant USBA/IBF lightweight title will be on the line during the Friday bout. The strap has not been in use since Ivan Redkach defeated Tony Luis by unanimous decision in a 10-round bout in January 2014.
Haney (18-0, 12 KO's), a San Francisco native who trains in Las Vegas, has previously sparred with Floyd Mayweather Jr. and a handful of former world champions, including Rances Barthelemy and Shawn Porter.
Haney captured the WBC title in his 14th professional fight with a fourth-round stoppage of Maximino Toala.
On November 22, 1986, a 20-year-old Mike Tyson knocked out 33-year-old Trevor Berbick in just five minutes and 35 seconds to become the youngest titleholder in boxing history.
At just 19 years of age, a victory for Haney would get him one step closer to a shot at the IBF lightweight title, and potentially break the record that Tyson has held for over three decades.
Haney also had an incredible amateur record of a 130-8 and was a seven-time national junior amateur champion before turning pro at 16 years of age. However, his first four bouts took place in Mexico because he was not yet old enough to box professionally in the United States.
Haney made his U.S. debut on the undercard of the third fight between Manny Pacquiao and Timothy Bradley in Las Vegas, but only after the Nevada State Athletic Commission granted him a special exemption.
In a four-round bout, Haney defeated Rafael Vazquez by unanimous decision.
Haney-Menard, a Greg Cohen-promoted card, will be televised on Showtime beginning at 10 p.m. ET/PT.
Menard (33-2, 24 KO's), 29, of Rayne, Louisiana, has appeared twice previously on "Shobox," and is coming off an eight-round unanimous decision victory over Venezuelan journeyman Carlos Cardenas.