Devin Haney is set for perhaps the toughest fight of his pro boxing career.
Back in February, Mike Coppinger of The Athletic reported that Haney and Jorge Linares were in talks for a a potential title fight. The initial date proposed was April 17. While the date has been switched up, it looks like the bout is indeed set.
Coppinger updated his report to reveal that Haney vs. Linares has been agreed to for a May date.
Sources: Devin Haney and Jorge Linares have agreed to a lightweight fight that will headline a DAZN card in May. Big step-up for the rising star. Linares was knocked out in the second by Pablo Cesar Cano two years ago, but that was at 140; he gave Vasiliy Lomachenko hell at 135
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) March 5, 2021
“Sources: Devin Haney and Jorge Linares have agreed to a lightweight fight that will headline a DAZN card in May.”
Haney last competed back in November. He put the WBC gold on the line against Yuriorkis Gamboa. “The Dream” turned in a one-sided unanimous decision victory over Gamboa. This was Haney’s second successful WBC Lightweight Title defense.
Linares has won his last two fights. “El Nino de Oro” has beaten Carlos Morales and Al Toyogon in that span. Linares is a former three-division champion. His last major title bout took place back in May 2018 against Vasiliy Lomachenko. Linares was able to knock Lomachenko down but he was ultimately stopped via 10th-round TKO.
Up to this point, Haney has a perfect pro boxing record. “The Dream” holds a record of 25-0 with 15 of those victories coming by way of TKO.