Devin Haney Overcomes Joseph Diaz Jr. Via Unanimous Decision, Retains Title

Devin Haney has beaten challenger Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. to retain his WBC lightweight title.

After winning on every judge’s scorecard, the 23-year-old titlist was declared the winner at the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday night. His scores were 117-111, 117-111 and 116-112.

Diaz took a few rounds to get in the groove while Haney seemed determined from the opening round. Haney used the right jab very often throughout the bout backed by exceptional footwork.

His chin was too strong to be trouble by Diaz. The versatility that Haney brings to the table saw him defend another title fight in front of a pro-Diaz crowd in Haney’s hometown.

He went ballistic looking for a knockout, even landed a heavy left hand, but Haney stood unmoved which summed up his performance. The WBC titlist was as good with absorbing heavy blows as he is with his haymakers.

This was Haney’s 27th win of his pro career.

The undefeated boxer hopes to fight for the undisputed title next year. Haney has his eyes on the newly-crowned undisputed champion – George Kambosos Jr.

Kambosos pulled off a huge upset last week when he beat Teofimo Lopez to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC (Franchise) titles.

“Come on, let’s do it for all the belts. Let’s do it next. I’ll go to Jupiter if I have to,” Haney said in the post-fight interview inside the ring.

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