Haney shows championship moxie in win vs. Linares

LAS VEGAS — Maybe it isn’t reasonable, however for the last couple of years, Devin Haney has actually been viewed by some as the least of the group of elite lightweights who ought to be called “The Four Princes.”

Haney, Teofimo Lopez, Gervonta Davis and Ryan Garcia are all unbeaten, charming lightweights with the capability to alter the sport.

Lopez holds the indisputable 135-pound champion and Davis has an interim WBA belt. Garcia is not a champ however is among the most better fighters in the sport, though he’s now fighting psychological health concerns.

And Haney is the WBC light-weight champ, though Lopez sardonically ridicules him as “the email champion.”

Haney took a huge leap on Saturday when he outboxed Jorge Linares in their bout for the WBC belt at Mandalay Bay and won a unanimous choice. Judges Patricia Morse-Jarman and Steve Weisfeld had it 116-112 for Haney, while Dave Moretti had it 115-113. Yahoo Sports likewise had Haney 115-113.

For 9 rounds, things couldn’t have actually been much better for Haney, who generally stood in front of the compelling Linares and selected him apart.

He did that for the majority of the 10th, though Linares ripped him at the end of the round with a shot that left him wobbling back to his corner.

Haney and promoter Eddie Hearn did their best to decrease it. Hearn consistently referenced the reality that Linares dropped Vasiliy Lomachenko and didn’t drop Haney, however the Lomachenko-Linares battle remained in 2018 and Lomachenko went on to win by TKO.

Haney revealed the grit and decision of a champ and completed the battle on his feet and revealed that, yes, he’s all set for the very best of them at 135.

This is a super star in the making and, regardless of the misstep in the 10th that triggered him some late issues, he advanced towards that status. He discovered a quality fighter who can punch and looked a cut above the majority of the night.

“Devin is a pure boxer, but we want him to be a fan friendly fighter as well,” his daddy, fitness instructor Expense Haney, stated. “He had to man up and fight in the pocket against a clever, very experienced guy in Jorge Linares. What we wanted to do is back him up and he did a great job of backing him up.

“Devin did get hit with that shot. You guys [in the media] have wondered what would happen when he got hit with a shot. He’d never given you a chance to see what would happen. But you saw him take it.”

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA - MAY 29:  Devin Haney (L) and Jorge Linares battle during their WBC lightweight title fight at Michelob ULTRA Arena on May 29, 2021 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Haney won by unanimous decision. (Photo by David Becker/Getty Images)

Devin Haney (L) and Jorge Linares fight throughout their WBC light-weight title battle at Michelob ULTRA Arena on Might 29, 2021 in Las Vegas. Haney won by consentaneous choice. (Picture by David Becker/Getty Images)

Haney revealed champion moxie in making it through Linares’ late charge, that made the bout appear better on the cards than it remained in reality.

However he likewise did that at the post-fight press conference, when he consistently stated he wishes to battle the very best fighters in the department. He called out Lopez, who makes an obligatory defense versus George Kambosos on June 19 in Miami, however stated he desires “to fight all the great fighters.”

And when it was recommended that Lopez is a larger puncher than Linares, Haney was all set.

“Jorge Linares dropped Loma,” Haney stated. “Did [Lopez]? You say Lopez hits harder, but how do you know? You don’t.”

Hearn was positive that the battle might be made and firmly insisted there would be no network issues. Haney is with DAZN, while Lopez is with ESPN and Davis with Premier Boxing Champions. Hearn stated DAZN would make a huge monetary deal for a Haney-Lopez battle, however if legal concerns required it to be on ESPN, it wouldn’t be an issue.

“It’s simple,” Hearn stated. “Network issues aren’t going to be a problem. They won’t get in the way of the fight being made.”

Those battles would just raise the profiles of the fighters included, so ideally Hearn is appropriate and they can be made.

Haney is going to be a handful for any of them. Sometimes, he is similar to a young Floyd Mayweather, who was a a lot more offending fighter in his early days than he remained in the backstretch of his profession when he was called “Money May” and won by utilizing his defense.

Haney’s got fantastic reflexes, is a precise puncher and revealed Saturday he has the grit he requires to bite down on the mouth piece and fight through difficulty.

And Haney was bold in the face of concerns about Linares’ late resurgence.

“This is boxing and to think you’re going to go in and not get hit with any punches in a 12-round fight, it’s unbelievable,” Haney stated.

It’s not getting hit, or getting tore down, that eventually matters. It’s what you do when you’re struck or when you’re dropped.

Haney responded in champion design on Saturday.

Now, with men like Lopez, Davis, Lomachenko and Garcia out there, he’s going to get the possibility to show it in the only location that matters.

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Jobber Wiki author Frank Long contributed to this report.