Haney survives late surge by Linares to retain WBC lightweight title

With a unanimous decision on the scorecards, Devin Haney retained his WBC Lightweight title against Jorge Linares on Saturday night. While the fight was promoted as the standout name that Haney needed on his record, the 22-year-old was forced to come through some adversity towards the end of the fight. Haney’s superior hand speed and movement saw him dominate the fight right up to the end of the 10th round where a combination from Linares had Haney stumbling back to his corner.

With scorecards of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113, Haney got the job done and maintained his perfect record of 26-0. Coming into the fight as a heavy favorite against the former world champion, Haney proved the oddsmakers right for the majority of the contest.

With Haney stumbling back to his corner at the end of the tenth round, Linares put the pressure on late in the fight to try and cause the stoppage, but was held for most of it. Instigating boos from the crowd for the home fighter, Haney’s plan to repeatedly stall the fight capped the performance off on a negative note.

Against a seasoned opponent like Jorge Linares, Haney proved where his skills lie and potentially where some of his weaknesses factor in. Despite dominating the first ten rounds, Linares never seemed in danger, and this came back to bite ‘The Dream’. What he did prove was that he can handle adversity, even if he did so in a very unattractive manner.

After many have questioned the legitimacy of Haney’s world champion status, due to him being given the WBC Lightweight title, Teofimo Lopez was always going to be the name mentioned after the fight. Haney told DAZN: “If Teofimo wants to get it next, let’s do it for all the belts. The real undisputed.”

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