Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney will defend his WBC World Light-weight title in opposition to Jorge Linares on the Michelob ULTRA Area at Mandalay Bay Resort and On line casino in Las Vegas Saturday, Might 29. The occasion will air reside worldwide on DAZN in affiliation with Devin Haney Promotions and Golden Boy Promotions.
The highlight shall be on Haney (25-0, 18 KOs) over Memorial Day Weekend as he places his belt on the road for the third time, this time taking up Linares who will present the sternest check of the champion’s wealthy abilities. The 22-year-old star will field in his Las Vegas yard for simply the third time in his profession and first time since his sixth professional outing in Might 2016.
‘The Dream’ was elevated to World champion after a damaging KO win over Zaur Abdullaev in New York in September 2019. He went on to defend his belt twice with comfy distance wins over Alfredo Santiago in November 2019 and Yuriorkis Gamboa the next November.
“I’m very excited to be making my third World title protection in opposition to an incredible fighter like Jorge Linares, who would be the greatest fighter I’ll have ever confronted in my profession,” mentioned Haney. “He’s a three-division World champion who has fought on the championship degree for the previous 13 years.
“I grew up watching Linares and the truth that this battle is occurring in Las Vegas is unbelievable. Boxing followers world wide are desirous to see me step up in competitors which is nice, and I do know Linares is coming to battle. I’m prepared to present the followers a spectacular efficiency. The higher competitors brings one of the best out of me. In opposition to Linares, I’m going to indicate the world why I’m the king of the Light-weight division.”
Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) is trying to turn into a two-time holder of the WBC strap that he received in December 2014 in opposition to Javier Prieto. The battle was a catalyst to a four-year run the place the Venezuelan ace beat Kevin Mitchell, Ivan Cano, Anthony Crolla twice, Luke Campbell and Mercito Gesta as Light-weight king earlier than he confronted defeat in a to-and-fro conflict with Vasiliy Lomachenko in New York in Might 2018.
The 35-year-old takes on Haney in his fifteenth World title battle and 53rd bout in over 18 years as a professional. Linares believes there are lots extra chapters to be written in his storied profession.
Linares mentioned, “That is my second to indicate the world that I nonetheless have much more to present at 135 kilos. Devin Haney is a gifted and quick-handed younger man, however after I was his age, I had already turn into a world champion by snatching the title away from an actual World champion like Oscar Larios. And now you may think about how far more expertise I’ve now at an age the place I really feel stronger and higher than ever.”
“Undoubtedly it will likely be an amazing battle, however I’ll reveal that Haney made an enormous mistake by accepting a problem that he’s nonetheless not prepared to beat.”
Promoter Eddie Hearn mentioned, “That is the breakout battle that can present the world that Devin Haney is one of the best light-weight on the planet. Jorge Linares is an amazing fighter, a three-weight king that has velocity, energy, and loads of expertise.”
“I’ve represented 4 fighters who’ve tried to beat Jorge and failed, however this time I imagine we’ve the longer term king of the division in Devin, and that is his second. Might 29, the intense lights of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, that is the second.”
Oscar De La Hoya, Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy, mentioned, “We now have labored with Jorge Linares for a very long time and any time the so-called specialists depend him out, he comes again with a vengeance. Haney has by no means confronted anybody even near Jorge’s talent degree, and at 135, he’s nonetheless a power to be reckoned with for anybody within the division.”
George Kliavkoff, President of Leisure & Sports activities for MGM Resorts Worldwide, mentioned, “Mandalay Bay has been synonymous with boxing for greater than twenty years and we stay up for persevering with the custom with our occasion companions. The chance to host a battle of this caliber, and doing so safely, is one other step within the return of championship occasions to the Sports activities Capital of the World.”
Ticket info for the Haney vs. Linares championship boxing occasion on the Michelob ULTRA Area at Mandalay Bay, together with on-sale particulars and pricing, in addition to the undercard shall be launched quickly.