Devin Haney: “I’m The Most Avoided Fighter In Boxing Today”
By: Hans Themistode
An epiphany of sorts suddenly hit Devin Haney this past weekend.
Coming off the biggest win of his career against former multiple division champion Jorge Linares on May 29th, the WBC lightweight titlist is anxious to get back in the ring. With that said, he believes the feeling isn’t exactly mutual for many of the division’s top names.
“I’m the most avoided fighter in boxing today,” said Haney on his social media account.
Haney’s belief that many fighters are hesitant to step into the ring with him stems from what he deems is a guaranteed title shot, when it’s their turn in the pecking order.
For starters, former WBC lightweight interim champion Ryan Garcia was appointed as the mandatory challenger to Haney’s title. While the undefeated California native could have taken him on, he opted to face Luke Campbell instead, stopping him in the 7th round earlier this year. Garcia’s reasoning behind moving away from a fight with Haney was that he believed their contest should be given more time to build into a mega event.
Recently, Joseph Diaz, a former titleholder at 130 pounds, moved up in weight to challenge Javier Fortuna. With their contest listed as a title eliminator, Diaz took hold of the WBC interim crown once he was announced the winner on July 9th. Since then, the newly turned 135-pound contender has openly called for a showdown with Haney.
With that said, rumors have surfaced that Diaz could be a potential opponent for either Garcia, or multiple division champion, Gervonta Davis.
News of yet another mandatory challenger possibly heading in another direction has prompted Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) to simply shake his head. In short, the Las Vegas resident can’t recall anything even remotely close to this happening in the history of boxing.
“These fighters need to stop with the excuses,” continued Haney. “If you don’t wanna fight me just say that. This will be the first time in history that you see two mandatories opt-out to fight the champion.”
While Haney has grown irritated with what he feels is a lack of opponents stepping up to the plate, he remains hopeful that he’ll draw a big name for his next ring outing. Until then, the 22-year-old will continue to publicly castigate those who fail to face him.
Rolando “Rolly” Romero Rips Devin Haney: “He’s The Amir Khan Of 135”
By: Hans Themistode
Rolando “Rolly” Romero continued his winning way this past Saturday night. The WBA interim 135-pound belt holder crushed late replacement opponent, Anthony Yigit.
Before the two stepped into the ring, both men stepped onto the scales. Needless to say, Rolly wasn’t too pleased as Yigit came in 5.5 pounds over the weight limit. While the Las Vegas, resident could have opted to step away from their showdown, he simply shrugged his shoulders and agreed to take him on anyway. The extra weight of Yigit proved to make no difference though, as he was dropped twice and ultimately stopped in the seventh.
While the crowd at the AT&T Center in San Antonio, Texas appeared to be impressed, one person who wasn’t, was Devin Haney.
The WBC 135 pound belt holder watched closely from his palatial estate and offered harsh criticism.
“Rolly is a pile of sh*t,” said Haney on his social media account.
With Haney’s words catching the attention of Rolly, he immediately offered to take him on and quickly followed that up with an evaluation of Haney’s most recent performance against Jorge Linares.
“I’ll fight Devin Haney,” said Rolly during the post-fight presser. “He’s chinny as hell, he got hurt with Venum gloves, that’s a joke.”
The gloves that Rolly is referring to, were worn by Linares when he took on Haney on May 29th earlier this year. While the 22-year-old dominated most of the action, Linares landed a game changing blow in the 10th as he wobbled his man. For the duration of their contest, Haney avoided any long exchanges and instead, looked to grab and hold until the final bell.
In Rolly’s opinion, he isn’t focusing solely on how Haney was rocked during the championship rounds. Instead, he points to something else that was far more alarming.
“It’s not even that he just got hurt, he didn’t recover. It was like four rounds that he didn’t recover.”
To further back his claims that Haney has major chin issues, Rolly juxtaposes his young rival to another former talented fighter who also had problems of his own whenever someone landed their money shot right on the button.
“Linares is nowhere near the punch like me. He’s (Devin Haney) probably the chinnest fighter at 35, if not the most chinnest in the entire sport. He’s the Amir Khan of 135.”
Vasiliy Lomachenko Analyzes Devin Haney’s Performance Against Jorge Linares: “Haney Was Trying To Survive, When I Fought Linares, He Was In His Prime”
By: Hans Themistode
Vasiliy Lomachenko is busy putting the final finishing touches on his training camp as he prepares to return to the ring against lightweight contender Masayoshi Nakatani on June 26th, at the Virgin Hotels, in Las Vegas, Nevada. But even as the Ukrainian is fully focused on the task at hand, he still took a bit of time away from his busy schedule to flick on the television and watch some boxing. Just a few weeks ago, Lomachenko found one matchup, in particular, to be very intriguing.
Current WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney took on former multiple-time champion, Jorge Linares. Over the past few months, both Haney and Lomachenko have exchanged verbal jabs with one another over the possibility of a future showdown. Although Lomachenko believes he’ll punish Haney if the two ever did face off, he did give the 22-year-old his props for looking explosive in the ring.
“It was a very good fight,” said Lomachenko during an interview with SnowQueenLA. “He show us his skill. He’s a very smart boxer.
Haney, a Las Vegas resident, used every weapon in his toolbox on that Saturday night to pull off the win. While he looked impressive for the vast majority of their fight, Haney had serious problems going down the stretch.
At the tail end of the 10th, Haney was rocked and visibly staggered to his corner. For the remainder of their contest, Haney refused to let his hands go and held Linares seemingly every second he could. Before getting rattled, Lomachenko couldn’t help but be impressed with the young titleholder but considering how he finished the fight, all the Ukrainian could do was shake his head in disappointment.
“He had a problem in the fight,” continued Lomachenko. “The last three rounds were very hard for him. Nobody knows if Linares catches him one more time. Referee helped him a little bit because Haney always hold the last three rounds. If the referee take away a point from Haney, I think it will be another picture.
“Haney was trying to survive. He was trying to finish the fight somehow because he couldn’t do anything else. All he was able to do was wrestle and hold. That is illegal in boxing. By doing that, he was able to avoid the fight. But then again, before that one shot, he was winning the fight. He won this fight no question but it was not easy.”
In the mind of many, the criticism of Lomachenko would seem a bit unfair. Having shared the ring with Linares roughly three years ago, the pound for pound stalwart knows good and well how difficult he is to overcome. In May of 2018, Lomachenko was caught with a straight right hand from Linares and hit the deck for the first in his career. Despite the knockdown, Lomachenko quickly peeled himself up off the canvas to stop Linares in the 10th.
Lomachenko has no issue with anyone who brings up his hard-fought battle against Linares. All that he asks, is that everyone use the proper context when discussing it.
“It was flush. Yea I lost balance but I get up and feel good and was ready to finish the fight. When I fought Linares, he was in his prime. It was three years ago and I fought Linares with one hand because I had a problem with my shoulder in the second round. Before this knockdown, I didn’t have a problem. In my opinion, there is nothing to compare between Haney vs Linares and my fight vs Linares. It doesn’t mean anything to me because the time we fought Linares was different. He was at the top back then, right now he is an older fighter.”
Is Devin Haney The Best Lightweight In The World?
By: Steven Galeano
WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney took a significant step toward divisional supremacy Saturday night after defeating former three-division world champion Jorge Linares. Haney faced adversity after being visibly hurt at the end of round 10, yet showed veteran tactics to survive and preserve a unanimous decision to defend his world title. The three judges scored the bout – 116-112, 116-112, 115-113, all for Haney.
Is Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) the best lightweight in the world right now?
Unified champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) owns that notion, and many would not debate such a topic. Vasyl Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs), is still the second best lightweight, despite losing his world titles to Lopez in October of 2020. For whatever reason, Lomachenko is seemingly a forgotten man in the division, yet he is still second best after being number one since entering the division in 2018.
Haney deservedly is number three after his big win over Linares (47-6, 29 KOs). Whether you consider Gervonta Davis (24-0, 23 KOs) a lightweight, definitely shakes up this list. With Davis’ last fight taking place at super featherweight, and his next fight taking place at super lightweight, he will currently be left out of the list.
Haney proved himself to be a world-class operator, outclassing Linares in a way fans are not accustomed to seeing. The masterclass was largely overlooked by the end of round 10 when Linares badly hurt Haney before the bell rang, as Haney stumbled to the corner. Haney smartly held for the next two rounds, much to the dismay of fans.
Most in the boxing world are clamoring to see Haney face-off with Lopez, largely to clear up the confusion regarding whether Lopez is truly undisputed. That is another topic to discuss separately. Haney firmly staked himself as the third best lightweight in the world and the Linares win only further justified his placement. The victory, however, was not nearly enough to place him higher than Lomachenko, considering Lomachenko knocked out a more formidable version of Linares in 10 rounds back in 2018. To place himself as number one or two, he will need to secure an opportunity against Lopez or Lomachenko, two fights that will cause great debates in regards to who will win.
Haney defeating Linares was a great step, as boxing fans have been requesting Haney and promoter Eddie Hearn to step up his level of competition. His method of winning the WBC title was controversial, yet his victory over Linares was the sort of signature victory that erased all doubts of his championship mettle.
Haney proved he is an elite talent, and the next step is simply to continue fighting the best possible contenders. The top fights in the division will not be easy to make, yet fans hope to see them come to fruition soon enough. As his profile continues to grow, fans will put more pressure to see the top fights happen before the appeal fades.
Devin Haney Ripped By Rolando “Rolly” Romero: “That’s The Chiniest F*cking Fighter In The Game Right Now”
By: Hans Themistode
When the dust settled between Devin Haney and Jorge Linares, the 22-year-old WBC belt holder was the last man standing. Just a few days ago, Haney outboxed his man on his way to a unanimous decision victory at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
While most have lauded Haney for putting on a boxing clinic, current WBA “Regular” lightweight titlist, Rollie Romero, would rather point and criticize Haney for his performance down the stretch.
With a dominant showing during the first nine rounds, Haney was caught with a flush one, two combination at the end of the tenth. A visibly stunned Haney stumbled back to his corner at the round and appeared to be on shaky legs for the remainder of their contest. It was in those moments where Romero noticed a glaring flaw in the game of Haney.
“That’s the chiniest f*cking fighter in the game right now. How the f*ck do you get hurt by old ass Linares?”
Immediately following the win, Haney was bombarded with nonstop questions pertaining to his buckling legs in the tenth. While the 22-year-old continues to push forth the narrative that he was just fine, his actions during the contest seemed to indicate something else.
Having done more than enough in the first nine rounds, Haney appeared more interested in holding and avoiding the big shots of Linares as opposed to engaging with him. At one point during the 12th and final round, Haney did a full-on sprint to hold on to Linares as to milk the clock. His defensive strategy paid off in the end as he was awarded the biggest win of his career.
Despite Linares holding world titles in multiple weight classes and scoring several knockouts in his career, Romero doesn’t hold him in high regard. At the age of 35, Romero views Linares as essentially a shot fighter and one he was expecting Haney to get rid of at some point during their showdown.
For Romero, Haney can sit there and try to explain all he wants that he wasn’t hurt during the championship rounds. If he truly wasn’t buzzed, then Romero would simply like him to answer one obscenity-laced question.
“I really thought Haney was going to knock that boy out because Linares is dirt trash. Linares is garbage but Haney got the weakest chin in boxing. Then, he goes back and holds for the rest of the f*cking fight. If he wasn’t hurt then why the fuck did he start fighting like a b*tch?”
Bill Haney, Father And Trainer Of Devin Haney: “He’ll Box Teofimo’s Ass Up”
By: Hans Themistode
Devin Haney officially made the breakthrough he was looking for. The WBC lightweight belt holder took on his biggest test to date when he matched up against former multiple division titlist, Jorge Linares. The two faced off this past weekend at the Michelob Ultra Arena, in Las Vegas, Nevada in front of roughly 5,000 fans.
For the overwhelming majority of their contest, Haney did what he wanted, when he wanted to. Although Haney was ultimately rocked in the tenth and spent the final few rounds holding instead of engaging, he picked up the biggest win of his career. While most have focused on a few of his shaky moments, Bill Haney, father and trainer of Devin, would rather the public place more of their attention on what his son was able to accomplish. With Linares facing some of the best fighters in the world over the course of his career, Devin arguably performed better than them all.
“We wanted to show another style of Devin,” said Bill during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He did it from the inside, he did it from outside. When you can outbox a Jorge Linares, I don’t think anyone has ever went up that much on points on Linares. Not even (Vasiliy) Lomachenko, he didn’t pitch a shutout like that. We showed some things that we know that some other boxers have taken notice to, whether they want to admit it or not.”
Now that Devin Haney has officially passed the test presented to him by Jorge Linares, Bill Haney wants his son to take things to the next level.
For the better part of the last year, both Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez have hurled curse words at one another. While team Haney refrained from placing their energy in the back and forth rhetoric recently, now that their match with Linares is officially behind them, Bill Haney reignited their war of words. Not only does the long-time trainer want Lopez next but he also predicted how things would play out.
“He’ll box Teofimo’s ass up. You see that we can take a shot, you see that we can work on the inside. Teofimo is the one that’s going to have to go to the lab. When have you seen Teofimo have an inside game? You haven’t. Come on Teo we done handled our business. Now what y’all gonna do? We handled our business. What’s next? Let’s make this sh*t happen.”
Eddie Hearn: “Show Me Another Fighter At 22 Who’s As Talented As Devin Haney”
By: Hans Themistode
For the vast majority of their contest, Devin Haney looked like a world-beater. The WBC lightweight titlist took on the highly-rated Jorge Linares at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, last night.
Heading into their showdown, many believed the boxing skills of Linares would trouble Haney early on. Yet, the sharpshooting former multiple-time belt holder was simply no match for the Las Vegas, resident. Although Haney mostly dominated, he received plenty of flak for the way he responded during the championship rounds.
With Linares (47-6, 29 KOs) clearly losing on the cards, he landed a picture-perfect left, right combination at the end of the tenth which left Haney visibly wobbled. For the duration of their contest, Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) opted to clench on the inside as opposed to actually engage. But while many have downgraded his performance due to his shaky ending, promoter Eddie Hearn views it differently.
“For nine rounds it was a masterclass,” said Hearn during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He got buzzed in the tenth and had to recover, it was a good learning experience for him. Don’t forget, he was the same guy who dropped Vasiliy Lomachenko. Linares can punch very hard.”
To his credit, Haney never appeared to be on his way to hitting the deck. Pair his ability to survive the championship rounds with his overall boxing skills, and Hearn believes Haney is on his way to superstardom. In fact, the long-time promoter has a question for everyone who continues to doubt the WBC lightweight titlist.
“Show me another fighter at 22 who’s as talented as Devin Haney. It was a great win, great learning experience, I think he’s ready for all the big boys.”
With the biggest win safely in his back pocket, Haney will now go back home to his palatial estate and await what’s next. While it’s far too early to make an assumption, if Hearn has things go his way, an undisputed lightweight showdown will be next on Haney’s calendar.
“I think he should fight Teofimo (Lopez). It’s a tough fight but I would love to make that fight. It’s a brilliant fight for the division.”
Jorge Linares On Devin Haney: “He Was Fast But I Didn’t Feel His Punch”
By: Hans Themistode
Having spent plenty of time with him in numerous sparring sessions, Jorge Linares had a good idea as to what to expect when he took on Devin Haney. The two faced off last night at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada for Haney’s WBC lightweight title.
Considering that every time Linares (47-6, 29 KOs) tasted defeat it came via stoppage, the widespread belief heading in was that Haney would be able to beat the Venezuelan native in similar fashion. With that said, the chin of Linares held up just fine.
Though he proved to be durable, Linares still went on to lose a close unanimous decision on the night. As he left the ring, the former multiple-time champion appeared to be fine. When asked to evaluate his much younger opponent, Linares pointed out some of his strengths and weaknesses.
“He was fast but I didn’t feel his punch,” said Linares during an interview with Fight Hub TV following the loss. “He has good speed but only that. His style is a little difficult because he always going back, back, back and then clench.”
As previously mentioned by Linares, Haney showed exactly why he’s one of boxing’s young stars with an early boxing clinic. But while he enjoyed plenty of success early on, Linares took over down the stretch.
Facing a wide deficit and fighting most of their contest with his hands in his pockets, Linares finally let his hands go in the tenth round. A visibly rocked Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) stumbled to his corner at the end of the round and never appeared to truly recover for the duration of the match. With Haney seemingly on the ropes, the 22-year-old held profusely. Despite facing Haney in his hometown, most of the crowd cheered Linares on as they wanted him to go on the attack. Yet, no matter how hard he tried, he simply couldn’t empty the tank.
Now, as he looks back, Linares explains what wrong and what ultimately led to his defeat.
“I was so tired because I was only thinking to block, block, block,” explained Linares. “Then when I get the chance, I do combinations because I have more punch than him but the referee was a little intense. In the ninth round, I have a big chance. When he come back to the ring, he was so bad and he only come to clench me but the referee was even more intense. I thought he was going to take away one point.”
Devin Haney Boxes, Hugs and Holds His Way To Unanimous decision Victory Over Jorge Linares
By: Hans Themistode
All Devin Haney believed he needed was the right opponent to showcase the skills many have lauded him for. Tonight, at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada, he was given the perfect foe.
With multiple world titles in numerous weight classes sitting on his mantle at home, Jorge Linares was firmly under the belief that he was ready to add to his already impressive collection. With that said, Haney proved to be a bit too much.
In front of reportedly 5,000 fans, Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) was the far sharper and stronger fighter on the night. The moment the opening bell rang, Haney stepped right to his former sparring partner and attempted to take the center of the ring. He pushed out a stiff jab that snapped back the head of Linares and spent most of the round outboxing his man.
With the jab of Haney pocketing him the round, the Las Vegas, resident went right back to it in round two. The 22-year-old pushed the pace and threw countless jabs. Seemingly unsure how to stop it, Linares (47-6, 29 KOs) kept a high tight guard and allowed the blows of Haney to bounce off his gloves. Realizing the new tactic of his opponent, Haney began punishing the body of Linares. Straight left hands to the midsection brought the hands of Linares down which allowed Haney to land several shots upstairs.
As the rounds began to tick away, Linares appeared content with simply looking for the right opportunity to land a big shot. Although he uncorked several, Haney was simply too slick as Linares would continually hit nothing but air.
As round five rolled by, Linares came out with a sense of urgency. The former multiple division champion had his best round by far as he landed big shots. Still, despite his success, Haney steadied himself and got back to his boxing for the duration of their contest.
Many of the rounds began looking the same as Haney boxed, moved and landed at will. With the championship rounds upon them, Haney appeared to be in cruise control. Then, just when he believed he was safe, Haney stood around in the pocket for far too long in the tenth. Linares landed a sharp left hand and finished his combination with a hard right. As the bell rang, Haney wobbled to his corner.
A confident Linares attempted to go on the attack in round 11 but Haney held on for dear life. Although Haney appeared to get his second wind in the 12th and final round, in no way shape or form did he seem interested in exchanging heavy shots with the former belt holder. At one point during the round, Haney ran toward his man and hugged him. As the seconds ticked off the clock, the crowd booed profusely.
With 12 rounds officially in the books, Linares simply ran out of time as Haney held, hugged, boxed his way to a close unanimous decision victory. Two judges scoring the bout had it 116-112 while the final judge had it 115-113, all in favor of Haney.
Devin Haney vs Jorge Linares: Weigh-in Results
By: Hans Themistode
World title opportunities simply don’t come around every day. And with the chance to return to championship status for the first time since 2018, Jorge Linares took the first necessary step.
The former multiple division titlist stepped onto the scales weighing 134 pounds for his WBC lightweight showdown against Devin Haney. Following back-to-back wins against fringe contenders Carlos Morales and Al Toyogon, Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) positioned himself for yet another world opportunity.
In order to lace his shoulders with gold once more, he’ll have to overcome the steep odds placed in front of him by the betting public.
Haney, 22, confidently walked onto the stage and stepped onto the scale weighing exactly 135 pounds. A smiling Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) held firmly onto his title as the two faced off for the final time before they swap fists at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Regardless of the skills Haney has placed on display during his young career, he’s continued to see widespread criticism surrounding his lightweight title reign. With his championship run beginning with an email that signaled his elevation from interim champion to full belt holder, the boxing world has waited patiently for Haney to step into the ring with a bonafide threat.
As an admission from Haney indicates, he believes he’ll be getting just that.
“He’s definitely my toughest opponent up to date,” said Haney of Linares during an interview with several reporters. “He’s fast, has plenty left in the tank and he’s still a great fighter but I’m prepared.”
The action kicks off at 8:00 p.m. Eastern time tomorrow night on DAZN.
Devin Haney Enters The Proving Grounds
By: Hector Franco
This weekend at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, NV, WBC lightweight titleholder Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) will attempt to make the third defense of his title against former three-division champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs).
Haney, 22, has become one of the most controversial world champions in boxing since becoming the WBC lightweight belt holder in 2019.
Haney won the WBC interim lightweight title in September 2019, scoring a fourth-round stoppage over Zaur Abdullaev. In October 2019, the WBC elevated former unified lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko as their franchise champion in the division.
With Lomachenko being the WBC franchise champion at lightweight, Haney was elevated to full-champion status for the WBC.
The WBC’s franchise status has only added to the championship calamity in boxing.
While Haney has had some solid wins for a fighter of his age, his status as a world champion has come into question. Many believe that he was given a world title rather than having earned one in the ring.
When Teofimo Lopez defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko last October, the bout was for all four major world titles at lightweight; however, for the WBC, only the WBC’s franchise distinction was on the line. This slight discrepancy made Lopez’s status as the undisputed lightweight champion one that could be disputed.
For his part, Lopez has made it known that he does not consider Haney to be a true world champion.
“He ain’t the WBC champion,” Lopez stated to Boxing Scene. “He is the email world champion. He is the true definition of fake it til you make it. The only thing that that’s keeping him relevant right now is that fake-ass belt.”
Against Linares, Haney will have the opportunity to prove himself and his legitimacy as a world titleholder. The Venezuelan fighter has held titles at featherweight, super featherweight, and lightweight, holding victories over fighters like Oscar Larios, Anthony Crolla, and Luke Campbell.
Linares has also been the definition of a world champion, having fought in eight different countries, including Japan, Venezuela, Panama, Argentina, Korea, Mexico, the United Kingdom, and the United States. He has fought most of his fights in Japan, having made his pro debut in the country and fighting there about 24 times.
The 35-year old Linares has proven to be a highly skilled technician throughout his career; however, all five of his losses have come by stoppage. Three of his five losses came in the first two rounds against fighters that were considered heavy underdogs.
His losses to Juan Carlos Salgado and Sergio Thompson were surprising and unexpected. Linares’ most recent defeat came at the hands of Pablo Cesar Cano in January 2019 with a first-round stoppage.
Linares’ career is a reminder that anything can happen when you step inside the ring. Regardless of his defeats, the Venezuelan has proven to be a high-level fighter more times than not and represents a significant step up in competition for Haney.
“It means everything for my career,” Haney said to Matchroom Boxing in a promotional interview on social media. “This is, on paper, the toughest test for me. This fight means everything. If I don’t get past him, then I don’t go into the bigger and better fights.
“This is a fight for me to showcase everything and show the world that I am elite.”
For Haney, the fight with Linares will be his chance to establish himself further as a world champion. Should he get past the veteran, fights of greater importance for his wallet and legacy will be available.
Jorge Linares Issues Warning To Devin Haney: “He Can’t Do The Same Mistakes, I Can Kill Him Very Quick”
By: Hans Themistode
Jorge Linares has spent approximately 20 years of his life boxing as a professional. Considering his extensive amateur background as well, it’s safe to say that the Venezuelan product has seen just about everything in the ring.
Still, even with his substantial amount of experience, Linares is tasked with something he hasn’t quite seen before.
In just a few more days, the multiple division titlist will take on WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Having shared the ring with Haney for numerous sparring sessions, Linares thinks highly of his former training partner. With that said, all of that goes out the window come Saturday night.
“The motivation that I have right now is crazy,” said Linares to Matchroom Boxing. “I love this feeling. The champion feeling. This is a new challenge for me. I have a lot of respect for Devin Haney. He’s a young guy, a world champion and I respect that but Saturday night, I lose the respect for him. I’m ready to make an amazing fight.”
At the age of 22, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) has been touted as one of boxing’s youngest and brightest stars. With the WBC title safely tucked underneath his arm, Haney, by and large, is expected to pick up the win come Saturday night.
From the outside looking in, Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) won’t deny the talent that his much younger opponent possesses. Yet, despite the speed, power and boxing skills that Haney has in his arsenal, when it comes down to it, Linares believes he has one thing that he doesn’t.
“The experience is the best thing I have. He don’t have that. He has talent.”
At the age of 35, Linares has faced some of boxing’s best over the years including Vasiliy Lomachenko and Antonio DeMarco. But while Linares is of the belief that he can rattle off a long list of experienced foes he’s fought, he believes only Haney’s most recent contest against Yuriokis Gamboa can qualify as a good learning experience.
During their showdown which took place in late 2020, Haney was mostly criticized for failing to stop the 39-year-old. Quietly, Linares tuned in to watch how their contest would play out. Although Haney managed to pick up the win, he offers a bit of advice to the young star.
“The only fight where he takes good experience is Gamboa but Gamboa is nothing for me right now. He knows that he can’t do the same mistakes that he made with Gamboa. If he try to do the same thing, I kill him. I can kill him, very quick. If I get the time, he’s going down. If I get the opportunity, I finish the fight.”
Devin Haney: “The World Will See, I’m The Best Fighter On The Planet”
By: Hans Themistode
Devin Haney is putting the final finishing touches on his training camp in preparation for Jorge Linares on May 29th. The two will face off at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
For the 22-year-old WBC lightweight belt holder, he’s constantly heard the criticism surrounding his level of opposition. With that said, Haney knows good and well that no one will be able to critique him if he were to pick up the win. In order to do so, he made sure he left no stone unturned.
“It’s been a great eight-week camp,” said Haney. “I started in Las Vegas, got some light sparring, then traveled to the Bay Area. I spent three weeks training with Victor Conte and Remi Korchemny at SNAC. The remaining weeks, I’ve been in Las Vegas, getting great sparring work with local pros that have been pushing me hard. I’m ready.”
Linares, 35, has long called for a showdown with Haney. The two were once sparring partners several years ago and although the Venezuelan native refrained from going into detail on how those sparring matches unfolded, he expressed an extraordinary amount of confidence.
In any event, the betting public couldn’t care less about how self-assured Linares is. The former multiple division titlist is currently pegged as a heavy underdog. Considering his advanced age and his up and down performances as of late, many are expecting Haney to walk away with the win.
While he appreciates the support wholeheartedly, Haney, by and large, is paying little to no attention to those who believe he’ll pick up the win fairly easily. In no way, shape or form is Haney doubting his own abilities but simply put, he knows exactly what he’s up against.
“Linares is a great fighter that has a lot left in the tank. He has held multiple world championships in three weight classes and he’s by far the biggest step up in my career. I give my dad Bill Haney, who is my trainer, a lot of credit, we know exactly what it takes to get this done on May 29th. My skills are on another level and I will make the necessary adjustments, wear him down and completely dominate this fight. The world will see, I’m the best fighter on the planet.”
George Kambosos Jr. On Devin Haney: “I’ll Bet You When He Looks At Himself In The mirror, He Knows That He Didn’t Earn That Belt”
By: Hans Themistode
When Teofimo Lopez did the unthinkable by defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko in October of 2020, most of the boxing world viewed him as the undisputed lightweight champion. As of late, however, Lopez is being regarded as a unified champion instead. When Lopez upset the odds against the Ukrainian, his IBF title – along with Lomachenko’s WBA, WBO and WBC “Franchise” belt was on the line.
While Mauricio Sulaiman, President of the WBC has come out and said that Lopez is, in fact, the undisputed champion, he has also contradicted himself on numerous occasions as he admits Devin Haney is the WBC full champion.
Despite the ever confusing situation in the lightweight division, 135-pound contender George Kambosos Jr. is firmly behind Lopez. In the Australian’s opinion, Haney can scream until he’s blue in the face all he wants, unless he goes into the ring and actually defeats Teofimo Lopez, Kambosos Jr. will view his title reign as a fraudulent one.
“He (Lopez) is the undisputed champion,” said Kambosos Jr. during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “He has every single belt. When we fight it’ll be for every single belt. Lomachenko had the WBC belt, obviously, they decided to make a franchise title which is like a super title, a super belt, just like the WBA has. He moved on to that title but he (Lopez) beat the guy who was the WBC champ, Lomachenko.”
Although Haney claims that he wanted to earn his world title by facing Lomachenko as opposed to it being handed to him, Kambosos Jr. believes the Las Vegas resident took the easy way out.
“Devin Haney never fought for the title, never won the belt properly. He was interim champion or silver champion whatever he was. Then, all of sudden he got an email, or a Gmail, or a Yahoo mail or whatever you want to call it and he became a world champion. If that was me, I would’ve put the email in spam and I ain’t accepting it, I like to earn things. Even if I don’t become a world champion, I would rather know that I gave it my all and no one gave it to me.”
Currently, Kambosos Jr. is in the midst of training camp as he prepares to take on Lopez sometime this coming summer. The supremely confident undefeated contender wants to be addressed as the undisputed champion if he hands Lopez the first defeat of his career.
Win, lose or draw – Kambosos Jr. is very comfortable with the man he’ll be staring at when he looks in the mirror. As for Haney, Kambosos Jr. doesn’t believe he can say the same.
“Devin Haney is parading different. He thinks he’s the full champion but I’ll bet you when he looks at himself in the mirror, he knows that he didn’t earn that belt.”
Teofimo Lopez Believes A Win Over Jorge Linares For Devin Haney Will Lead To Their Showdown
By: Hans Themistode
When Teofimo Lopez defied the odds by defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko in October of 2020, not only did he drape his shoulders with lightweight gold but he also believes he earned his stripes.
Most observers believed the former two-time Olympic Gold medalist would be too much for the Brooklyn, New York native. Those thoughts, of course, proved to be erroneous as Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) built an early lead in their contest before ultimately holding on for the win.
Following his victory, it didn’t take long before WBC titlist Devin Haney began urging Lopez to take him on. Although he’s interested in making the fight happen, Lopez believes Haney must pick up a notable win first.
With Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) now scheduled to take on former multiple division champion Jorge Linares in May, Lopez believes that with a win over him, Haney will have earned the right to fight him next.
“I’m looking forward to Devin Haney winning,” said Lopez during an interview with Fight Hub TV. “That’s who I want to win so that we can make the matchup happen.”
While Lopez believes that a win for Haney will push him towards the front of the line in terms of a title shot, he isn’t fully convinced that a victory for his rival is a forgone conclusion.
“No,” said Lopez when asked if he would be surprised if Linares won. “It’s boxing man anything can happen. I think it’s a step up for Devin even though Jorge Linares is a little more outdated. However, it’s a step up. We’ll see what Devin Haney brings to the table.”
Regardless of what Haney does against Linares, Lopez knows good and well that he has his own business to take care of as well.
The unified lightweight titlist is scheduled to take on mandatory challenger George Kambosos Jr. in either late May or early June. The Sydney Australia native earned his shot at Lopez after compiling an undefeated record through 19 fights. Most recently, the 27-year-old defeated Lee Selby to solidify his position.
In terms of where their contest will take, Miami Florida has emerged as the most likely destination.