On Saturday night time, Could 29, 2021, Devin “The Dream” Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) and Jorge Linares (47-6, 29 KOs) helped kick off Las Vegas’ reopening to the plenty with their world title bout within the Michelob ULTRA Area at Mandalay Bay Resort and On line casino. 

Haney, defending his belt for the third time, entered the combat following a one sided (but commonly ridiculed) unanimous resolution win over Yuriorkis Gamboa. Many believed Haney wanted to show himself as a real champion within the first place, holding the truth that he was unable to complete the older and smaller Gamboa towards him. Saturday’s bout with Linares introduced an ideal alternative to take away that doubt.

Whereas Haney’s abilities, expertise and potential are by no means questioned, his declare to a legit title is. He received his WBC title by the use of an interim belt that was later elevated to “Common” and not using a combat (a state of affairs exterior of Haney’s management). One may even make the case that the younger contender, solely 20 years outdated on the time, was being averted by among the division’s elite. 

Haney, now 22, regarded throughout the ring at a nicely revered, former three division world champion that supplied precisely what he coveted: championship credibility.

A win of any vogue towards Linares could be sufficient to cement Haney’s standing amongst the elite, however a spectacular efficiency, notably a end, would place him firmly amidst the titans of a loaded division.

Linares, however, approached the combat with unbelievable focus. Whereas he might have been introduced as the proper opponent for Devin Haney, Linares had a singular purpose: reclaim gold.

Following a knockout loss at Tremendous Light-weight, Linares returned to the Light-weight ranks, a weight class through which he skilled the heights of his profession’s success. For the reason that return to the division, the previous champ received his two fights main into Saturday’s contest. 

Regarding the matchup, Linares didn’t purchase into the hype of himself because the heavy underdog, even (jokingly) suggesting to a few of his supporters to “guess the home.”

Haney and Linares entered the ring with every acquiring precisely what their opponent wanted for his or her respective profession’s. For Linares, Haney was his likelihood to reclaim a chunk of Light-weight supremacy. For Haney, Linares was a legit Light-weight title menace providing championship pedigree. 

Haney clearly didn’t want reminded of that.

Within the first spherical, Haney took management of the ring with a stiff jab up prime in addition to sticking it to the physique of Linares to maintain him at bay. Haney banked plenty of early physique photographs, with each palms, within the opening spherical.

Linares, clearing wanted to make a recreation plan change after solely the primary spherical , got here out within the second spherical rather more aggressive. In doing so, he left himself open to extra of Haney’s energy photographs as he continued to manage the combat.

Within the third, Haney started to land much more commonly along with his energy photographs, notably knocking Linares off stability with a robust proper hand to the top. Apart from the offense, Haney’s protection was equally spectacular early on as he not often subjected himself to any of Linares’ offense.

Within the sixth spherical, Haney eliminated the space and started to in-fight with Linares. Most notably and successfully, Haney utilized the left hook and proper uppercut to proceed to manage the competition.

After a spherical of controlling the motion within the tenth, Linares exploded with a mix that severely rocked the younger champion because the spherical ended.

Haney wobbled into the eleventh spherical as Linares continued along with his stress. Nevertheless, because the spherical progressed, Haney seemingly discovered his footing.

Regardless of being rocked, Haney managed the motion for almost all of the combat along with his diversified assault. Haney was nicely on his method to sending precisely the kind of message he had hoped for, however his getting damage undoubtedly soured the efficiency to not less than a point.

To Linares’ credit score, many fighters may have packed it in in a combat that wasn’t going his method, however Linares has at all times been referred to as a warrior and proved it but once more Saturday night time.

On the finish of the day, Haney improved to 26-0 and defended his WBC title in a largely dominant efficiency towards a recreation and skilled Linares. The win will doubtless arrange among the massive fights within the Light-weight division that boxing followers need. It wouldn’t be unimaginable to think about the potential of a rematch contemplating how the combat ended.



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