He did not have all of it his personal method, however Devin Haney defended his WBC light-weight title with a unanimous resolution victory over former three-weight world champion Jorge Linares in Las Vegas.
Haney was seemingly coasting towards a cushty victory Saturday evening till he was caught on the chin by a superb quick proper hand on the finish of the tenth spherical.
Haney wobbled again to his nook and spent many of the eleventh spherical recovering earlier than getting the nod with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
It had been a procession earlier than Haney was caught.
The 22-year-old jabbed completely within the opening rounds and was faster, smarter and extra skillful than Linares because the Venezuelan was picked off on the skin.
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Though his finest work was achieved at vary, Haney wasn’t afraid to trade on the within as he regarded to remind the light-weight division of his expertise.
Till the tenth, Haney’s efficiency underscored his legitimacy three weeks out from unified champion Teofimo Lopez’s IBF, WBO, WBA and The Ring world title protection in opposition to Australian George Kambosos Jr. in Miami.
Haney and Lopez sit atop the division, however 135 kilos is without doubt one of the most intriguing in boxing, with Ryan Garcia, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis and Kambosos all within the combine.
The 22-year-old Haney was criticized for a one-sided however uneventful unanimous resolution win over Yuriorkis Gamboa in November, and there shall be loads of commentary round this win after he limped to the ultimate bell.
Actually, Haney was booed when the combat ended and once more throughout his in-ring postfight interview.
“I got here in right here, I received the win and I’m glad,” he stated in entrance of a dissatisfied crowd on the Mandalay Bay.
“I can field, I can bang. He hit me with shot, I confronted adversity however I received the job achieved.”
Regardless of having a date with Kambosos on June 19, Lopez has already referred to as for a combat with Haney for all of the titles. It is a bout Haney can also be open to.
“After all, I need to make the largest fights occur,” he stated when requested a couple of doable combat with Lopez. “If Teofimo Lopez is subsequent, let’s make it occur. If Teofimo needs to get it subsequent, let’s do it for all of the belts.”
It was a Haney jabfest over the opening two rounds. The American fought largely on the again foot however fired off a lightning fast jab to Linares’ head and physique.
Linares hooked properly however was left swinging at air as he struggled to shut the gap on Haney.
Haney was at his finest working away on Linares from the skin, however he wasn’t afraid to commerce in shut and by the sixth spherical had began throwing greater photographs searching for the stoppage.
Linares was marked up and drained after the seventh however nonetheless carried large energy and was as harmful as he was earlier on.
He proved that within the tenth, when Haney was surprised good quick proper hand. Haney wobbled again to his nook and, regardless of smiling between rounds, was nonetheless buzzed within the eleventh.
“It was shot. I used to be by no means harm, I boxed good,” Haney stated. “It was shot however it didn’t harm.
“If you get hit with shot, you have to be good. That was the sport plan. You’ve received to proceed to do what the sport plan was. I did that and I received the win.”
Haney’s legs have been gone and he was pressured to carry on as he encountered essentially the most adversity he is ever confronted within the ring. Linares looked for the stoppage, however the younger American fought his method again into the spherical by the closing minute.