Devin Haney said he is “not racist” and rejects “discrimination of any kind” after saying during an interview that he would “never lose to a white boy”.
American Haney made the initial comment when asked about fighting Ukrainian unified lightweight world champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
The 21-year-old, a former WBC champion, was widely criticised on social media.
Haney later said he and WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman had a “very positive conversation”.
Responding to a viewer on 78SPORTSTV who said they hoped he would “end the hype of Loma”, Haney said: “I’ll tell you this. I will never lose to a white boy in my life. I don’t care what nobody got to say.
“Fight a white boy 10 times, I’m going to beat him 10 times.”
Fellow American lightweight Ryan Garcia tweeted: “We should all respect everyone from every race and see who the best man is!
“I respect Devin Haney and I believe he didn’t mean this with racist intent but let’s all respect each other for the love of the sport.