Haney vs Linares: Martin J. Ward looking forward to Vegas debut, eliminator with Azinga Fuzile


Saturday’s DAZN card doesn’t simply have the principle occasion between Devin Haney and Jorge Linares, as there’s additionally — amongst different fights — an IBF junior light-weight eliminator between Martin J. Ward and Azinga Fuzile scheduled for the present.

Ward (24-1-2, 11 KO) and Fuzile (14-1, 8 KO) come into the bout with totally different momentum. Ward has gained 5 straight since his loss to James Tennyson in 2018, whereas Fuzile dropped a TKO to Shavkat Rakhimov in his final outing in 2019.

For Ward, it’s going to even be his first struggle within the U.S., and in Las Vegas particularly, he desires to entertain the best way Prince Naseem Hamed used to do.

“I used to be a giant Naz fan and stayed as much as watch him struggle Marco Antonio Barrera in Las Vegas and in all his fights everywhere in the States,” mentioned Ward. “It has been a childhood dream of mine to struggle in Vegas on the massive stage, and right here it’s, and I’m not going to let this slip by way of my fingers, I’ve skilled too onerous and put an excessive amount of of my life into this to let it go.”

How one can Watch Haney vs Linares

Date: Saturday, Might 29 | Begin Time: 8:00 pm ET
Location: Michelob Extremely Enviornment – Las Vegas, NV
Streaming: DAZN
On-line Protection: BadLeftHook.com

Fuzile’s southpaw stance doesn’t give Ward any worries, as he notes

“He’s a slick southpaw, has some spectacular wins on the file and solely has one loss, and he was successful that struggle till he obtained chinned. He appears to be like an excellent fighter, and hopefully our types will gel, and we’ll placed on an excellent struggle for the followers,” Ward mentioned.

“He’s elusive, sharp, counters properly, and has good protection with the shoulder roll, however I’m going to nullify all that and take him out of his consolation zone and do a job on him. I’ll be too sensible, and I feel I’ll be too large and powerful for the man. I’m so near the place I wish to be.”

The IBF title at 130 is at the moment vacant, with Joseph Diaz Jr forfeiting the belt on the scales in February earlier than his draw with Shavkat Rakhimov. The sanctioning physique has ordered Rakhimov and Kenichi Ogawa to satisfy for the vacant belt.


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