WBC Approves Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares, Javier Fortuna Gets Winner
The WBC has signed off on the approval of Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares.
Haney is the WBC Lightweight Champion. He has two mandatory challengers in Javier Fortuna and interim titleholder Ryan Garcia. Despite this, Haney’s next bout will be against Linares. The WBC has approved this fight on the condition that Fortuna gets the winner by August 19.
The WBC have now officially approved Devin Haney to defend his WBC lightweight title against Jorge Linares on May 21st. The winner must make a mandatory defence against Javier Fortuna within 90 days (by Aug 19th).
— Michael Benson (@MichaelBensonn) March 18, 2021
“The WBC have now officially approved Devin Haney to defend his WBC lightweight title against Jorge Linares on May 21st. The winner must make a mandatory defense against Javier Fortuna within 90 days (by Aug 19th).”
Haney has had two successful title defenses. Those victories came against Yuriorkis Gamboa and Alfredo Santiago. “The Dream” won the championship back in September 2019 when he stopped Zaur Abdullaev in the fourth round.
Linares rebounded from a massive upset loss to Pablo Cesar Cano back in January 2019. He has won his last two bouts against Carlos Morales and Al Toyogon. This will be Linares’ first world title bout since losing the WBA and The Ring Titles to Vasiliy Lomachenko back in May 2018.
Haney has been expressing interest in a bout with Fortuna. “El Abejón” has gone on a three-fight winning streak. He’s only suffered two losses in his pro boxing career.
One can’t forget about Garcia, either. “KingRy” captured the interim WBC gold back in January with a seventh-round knockout win over Luke Campbell. Garcia hasn’t shown much interest in fighting Haney, however, as he’s been turning his attention to WBA (Regular) Lightweight Champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis.