Particulars: Saturday, Might 29, 2021, from ULTRA Area at Mandalay Bay Resort and On line casino Las Vegas, Nevada it’s Devin “The Dream” Haney vs. Jorge “El Nino de Oro” Linares, Lightweights.
Background: As I’ve talked about in a earlier article, the primary time I noticed Linares combat I used to be in awe. He was simply 22, and on the undercard of Pavlik vs. Taylor. He appeared to have excellent fundamentals and marvelous velocity and athleticism. Linares shouldn’t be chinny which I take to imply, “weak chin.” The fly within the ointment for this standout is that he manages to get caught once in a while. He’s been kayoed 5 occasions in 5 losses.
Usually such numbers would earn Linares a “so-so” status at world degree out of your humble scribe. Such shouldn’t be the case. Linares is a former title holder (actual titles not alphabet malarkey) at a number of weights.
Linares is JUST south of absolute world-beater degree. The very best instance I can consider is his loss to a close to prime Lomachenko. He had Loma down, who obtained up a bit later and kayoed the super-classy Venezuelan on a physique shot.
Linares is an excellent good dude; clever, and as everybody is aware of, left house at 17 to work with a Japanese promotional firm.
Scouting report: Even at 35, Linares could possess strident athleticism. He has eons of expertise and is aware of the sport inside out. Unluckily for him, and never due to lapses, the “geometry of boxing” means he’s often very susceptible. No self-doubt points like Andy Ruiz, no erratic performances. It’s geometry, silly. It wasn’t fixable as a 22-year-old prodigy and it’s not fixable now.
Haney: Haney went forwards and backwards with Ryan Garcia on Twitter as he did with Tank Davis. To not be outdone, Garcia jawed with Davis and Haney with whom he cut up six newbie fights, 3-3.
Followers wished to see some permutation at some weight… for some prize… to separate these three tremendous gifted younger dudes. After which there was Covid-19. Frankly, even earlier than, Davis typically appeared content material to jaw and never combat – extra so than Garcia or Haney.
Now, Garcia is out for psychological well being causes.
Davis? Oh, nothing a lot in addition to he could by no means field once more. The latest ‘hitting’ he did value him fourteen felony counts when his Lamborghini ran a purple and hit one other automobile, injuring 4. Extra math: He’s seven. Years. Nonetheless Davis is scheduled to combat subsequent month. Oh boxing.
Haney and Linares are admirable, stylish boxers who don’t have psychological well being points and don’t run purple lights. Haney and Linares favor fights in rings to social media and idiotic conduct and are grateful for the unbelievable riches a boxing profession can carry.
Fighter’s Grades: (Pace, Energy, Protection, Attain, Age, Stamina, Expertise)
Devin Haney: B- B- B B A B B (Common of all) B (3.1)
Jorge Linares: B+ B- B B- C- B A (Common of all) B- (2.9)
Actuality Test: In my opinion, Haney doesn’t exhibit extraordinary athleticism or expertise. He does feint very nicely. His protection is stable. However his MO is to get opponents on the finish of his blows, which suggests he too is on the finish of his opponent’s blows. Except your title is “Muhammad Ali, 1966” this ain’t the popular house for a boxer to be.
However this poor positioning – hasn’t but value younger Devin. Additionally, Haney could be very a lot a 1-2 man, although he throws many of the punches: jab, hook, cross, proper uppercut, left uppercut.
Haney’s finest attributes are one, he’s very, very severe about boxing at a younger age. And two, for me anyway, it’s an attribute – he’s a great sportsman and human being. Being level-headed at 22 in one thing as harmful as boxing says quite a bit.
Linares alternatively is or was a prodigal expertise. He has each punch within the field down pat and is extremely fast with counters. Simply ask Luke Campbell. He’s often one step forward of the incoming from his opponent and nicely… his anticipation and return fireplace, beating his opponent to the punch by miles, is superior.
Generally the maxboxing.com household has inside dope. I don’t have inside dope on this combat! Has Linares aged in a single day?
Sure. I imagine he has. He says he’ll win not just because he’s the higher fighter, however as a result of Haney lacks expertise.
When fighters say this – it often means they’re falling aside. Which is a disgrace as a result of I’d hate to see Linares within the recreation a millisecond too lengthy.
Battle and Prediction: Eddie Hearn isn’t any idiot. He seeks out each single benefit. If he staged pillow fights, he’d know the precise thickness of pillow instances. Hearn misses no methods. He wouldn’t have matched rising Haney with Linares in any other case.
The Linares that dropped Lomachenko could be simply an excessive amount of for Haney. My guess is Linares is previous it.
The King is lifeless. Lengthy stay the king.
Devin Haney TKO Jorge Linares, 9-10.