By Dan Ambrose: Jorge Linares says he thinks WBC light-weight champion Devin Haney might select to run across the ring on Saturday moderately than interact with him.
Linares has acquired to be prepared for no matter methods Haney, and his group can develop on this combat as a result of it may very well be an odd one.
Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) has educated for every part Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) may do contained in the ring once they meet in the primary occasion on DAZN on the Michelob Extremely Area in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Haney, 22, is so much youthful than the 35-year-old Linares, and it is smart for him to make use of his wheels if he can’t take the warmth. We haven’t see Haney in with anybody younger or gifted sufficient to provide him issues till now.
Up up to now in Haney’s brief six-year professional profession, his finest opponent was 39-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa, and that man is well beyond his prime.
Haney didn’t win his WBC belt by beating anybody. It was given to him by the World Boxing Council, which is why it’s tough t understand how good he’s.
Linares prepared for something
“I wish to present all people a stupendous combat,” mentioned Linares to Boxing Social. “And I needed to change my fashion for this combat as a result of this time I’m combating with a younger man, a quick man, and he’s going to wish to try to use his legs all night time. I must be prepared for that.
“I must have extra stamina for this combat since you by no means know what sort of technique he desires to make from the primary spherical.
“I must be prepared for every part. If he desires to comply with me or if he desires to run, I must be prepared for every part. I believe I’ve an excellent likelihood to win the combat, in order that’s the vital factor for me. I nonetheless really feel good.
“He’s a really social man like Ryan Garcia, and so they say loads of issues,” mentioned Linares. “He nonetheless not combat with me as a result of we have to wait a few days, and he’s desirous about having a plan to combat with Teofimo Lopez.
“We don’t even know what sort of combat they’re going to make as a result of Lopez is combating subsequent month, and this man [Haney] is combating with me this Saturday. We don’t must make a plan for the longer term.
“And we must be prepared for the longer term, to not make a plan for the longer term. I don’t must make a plan for the longer term as a result of boxing is boxing. You by no means know if any person wins or any person loses.
“I’m nonetheless centered on this combat, after which I want to take a seat down with my promoter and to assume for the following. An important factor is I’m prepared for everybody. I must combat with the perfect 135 proper now,” mentioned Linares.
Linares doesn’t like how Haney is already speaking about combating Teofimo Lopez earlier than they’ve even fought.
Linares sees that as overconfidence on Haney’s half, and he’s going to make him pay by handing him a defeat on Saturday.
It’s been 15 months since Linares final fought in February 2020 with a win over Carlos Morales in order that he may have some ring rust on him. Linares needed to combat Ryan Garcia, however he couldn’t get that match-up.
Like many fighters, the pandemic has gotten in the best way of Linares retaining energetic within the final 12 months.
Ryan Garcia on Linares’ radar
“Earlier than, it was just a little less difficult earlier than corona, however now it’s just a little tougher due to his final combat with Luke Campbell,” Linares mentioned when requested if issues are extra difficult now making an attempt to arrange a combat with Ryan Garcia.
“He is aware of that I’ve extra punch than Luke Campbell. I don’t know if he’s going to be prepared for a combat with me after this combat, however you by no means know. An important factor is for this combat on Saturday night time, after which possibly we will make that combat.
“No drawback,” mentioned Linares when requested if he’d be concerned about combating Luke Campbell in a rematch. “I’ve no issues in making that rematch. A few individuals requested me that query with Lomachenko. They’re nonetheless working at 135, so if I’ve the chance, why not?
“I’m so excited at seeing that combat as a result of I do know Nakatani, and I educated with him a few instances previously,” mentioned Linares when requested about his views on the Vasily Lomachenko vs. Masayoshi Nakatani combat on June twenty sixth. “Lomachenko appears to be like so good, however I believe it’s a really good combat,” mentioned Linares.
Ryan Garcia is somebody that many lightweights wish to combat, however when he does come again, Golden Boy will possible maintain him away from harmful opposition.
That signifies that Linares most likely received’t get an opportunity to combat Ryan until he loses to Haney on Saturday.
Jorge centered on Haney
“I don’t assume they wish to make a straightforward combat for Lopez, and a few instances I noticed him on social media, he appears to be like so huge,” mentioned Linares about Teofimo Lopez’s subsequent combat in opposition to George Kambosos Jr. on June nineteenth.
“So I don’t know if he’s going to have issues making weight, however after this combat, I believe he desires to maneuver to 140. He appears to be like so huge, he appeared greater than 147 or one thing like that, however I’m so excited at seeing that combat too.
“Now boxing is just a little tough as a result of you may see loads of champions in the identical group, however I don’t learn about that,” Linares mentioned concerning the WBC having two champions at 135 with Haney and Teofimo.
“The extra vital factor is I’ve a combat on Saturday. I must be a champion once more, and I’ve the chance to have unification with anybody. Why not? I like that,” mentioned Haney.
If Linares wins this combat, it’ll arrange a match between him and WBC Franchise champion Teofimo Lopez subsequent. That one can be for all of the marbles with all 4 titles at 135.