Devin Haney: Jorge Linares Is The Biggest Puncher I Have Ever Faced
Devin Haney feels he’s gearing up for one tall task in Jorge Linares.
On May 29, Haney will put the WBC Lightweight Title on the line against Linares. The title fight will be held inside Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. This will be Haney’s third title defense.
During an interview with Fight Hype, Haney said he thinks Linares will prove to be the hardest puncher he’s shared the ring with (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“Yeah, I think that he is the biggest puncher I have faced. He’s the fastest. I think he has the most skills…I feel like when I win this fight and when I look good doing it, I want the world to give me my just due.
“I do think that Jorge Linares is a better fighter than Gamboa, I think he’s at a better point in his career than Gamboa, and this is a fight where they should give me all my credit.”
While Haney gives Linares props for all that he’s accomplished, he believes he’s simply at a higher level.
“Jorge Linares is a terrific fighter…I want to say besides Teofimo, he did the best — besides Salido as well — he went in there, he dropped Loma. He has speed, he has power, he dropped Luke Campbell. So I think he’s a terrific fighter but I just feel like I’m different and this is a fight that I finally really get to showcase my skills and showcase my talent against somebody that’s worth it, somebody that I’ll get my just due for.
“I’m very excited for this fight. Very few fights in the past that I actually felt a bit nervous for. This fight I feel nervous and excited for and I look forward to it. I feel like this is a fight that I really get to showcase everything in my arsenal. I look forward to it.”