Devin Haney returns to the ring on Saturday as he defends his WBC lightweight strap against three-weight former world champion Jorge Linares in an enticing title fight: Everything to know ahead of the fight
- Devin Haney and Jorge Linares square off on Saturday night in Las Vegas
- Haney puts his WBC lightweight belt on the line against his the Venezuelan
- Linares, a three-division former world champion, is a huge step-up for Haney
- The unbeaten American is now making his fourth defence of his world title
Devin Haney puts his WBC lightweight strap on the line against the vastly experienced Jorge Linares on Saturday night.
The 22-year-old is looking to prove his credentials at the top of one of the most hotly-contested divisions in the sport of boxing.
Haney was eyeing up high-profile clashes against Gervonta Davis, Ryan Garcia, or Teofimo Lopez, but instead he comes up against a fierce competitor in Linares, who holds impressive wins over British duo Anthony Crolla and Luke Campbell.
The American claimed a decision win over Yuriorkis Gamboa in his previous outing back in November, while three-weight former world champion Linares is in the midst of a rebuild job, winning twice on the bounce after a stoppage defeat to Pablo Cesar Cano in 2019.
With the eagerly-anticipated match-up now swiftly approaching, Sportsmail takes you through everything you need to know.
Devin Haney (left) and Jorge Linares (right) stared off at Thursday’s pre-fight press conference
The lightweight clash between Haney and Linares is scheduled to take place on Saturday, May 29 at the Mandalay Bay Resort in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The pair are expected to walk to the ring at around 4am BST on Sunday morning, though that of course will depend on results beforehand.
UK viewers won’t have to stay up until the crack on dawn to catch some action, however, with the undercard getting underway at 1am.
How to watch the fight
The match-up between will be available to stream on DAZN in the UK and across the world, with the exception of Mexico.
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Haney vs Linares: The records
Haney, 22, is facing a serious step-up in class against a former three-weight world champion
Height: 5ft 8in
Record: 25W, 0L, 0D
Height: 5ft 8in
Record: 47W, 5L, 0D
Full card in full
- Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares for Haney’s WBC Lightweight title
- Chantelle Cameron vs. Melissa Hernandez for Cameron’s WBC Women’s Junior Welterweight title
- Jason Quigley vs. Shane Mosley Jr
- Martin J. Ward vs. Azinga Fuzile
- Khalil Coe vs. TBA
- Reshat Mati vs. Gilberto Espinoza Zarata
- Ramla Ali vs. Mikayla Nebel
- Amari Jones vs. Jonathan Ryan Burrs; Junior Middleweight
What’s been said?
Haney vows he will prove himself as the ‘king of the lightweight division’ against Linares
Haney has shown his opponent Linares plenty of respect in the build-up to the fight, insisting he watched the Venezuelan while growing up.
But he also assures that this this the perfect opportunity to prove he is the top dog in the lightweight division.
‘I’m very excited to be making my third world title defense against a great fighter like Jorge Linares, who will be the best fighter I will have ever faced in my career,’ said Haney.
‘He’s a three-division world champion who has fought at the championship level for the past thirteen years.
‘I grew up watching Linares, and the fact that this fight is happening in Las Vegas is incredible. Boxing fans around the world are eager to see me step up in competition which is great, and I know Linares is coming to fight.
‘I’m ready to give the fans a spectacular performance. The better competition brings the best out of me. Against Linares, I’m going to show the world why I’m the king of the lightweight division.’
Linares, on the other hand, has had some stronger words to say, insisting he can adapt to whatever Haney brings.
‘I saw a lot of video of him and he doesn’t change too much,’ he said. ‘I hope he wants to change something for this fight because he comes to fight with me, in the close fight, I can kill him very quick, [meaning I can] beat him more easily.’
He added: ‘He does a lot of resistance, and physically, because I think he wants to run all night and go to decision.
‘I need to see in the first round what he wants to do. I am ready for two or three different styles: I can use my natural boxing, speed and relaxed, but my plan is I need to be aggressive with him, because I saw the fight with [Yuriorkis] Gamboa, and Gamboa was aggressive.’
Haney vs Linares: The odds
Coming into the clash as the undefeated fighter, it’s no surprise that Haney is the favourite among the bookies – regardless of the fact he’s facing a step-up in competition.
Haney is favoured at 1/16 to get the victory – 7/4 on points and 4/6 by stoppage.
Linares certainly carries power, experience and skill, but he’s been stopped five times before, and that’s reflected in the odds of 15/2 to get the victory, 20/1 on points and 10/1 by stoppage.
*Odds as per Betfair and correct at the time of publication.
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