LAS LAS VEGA– None of the first 4 Devin Haney battles Eddie Hearn has actually advertised have actually made him anxious.
The British marketer confesses, however, that Jorge Linares is a real danger to Haney’s regime as a WBC light-weight champ. Linares is 35 as well as has actually shed by technological ko 5 times, yet the Venezuelan professional is a smart, skilled, solid previous champ that, theoretically, seems one of the most powerful enemy of Haney’s five-year professional profession.
“I’m so excited about Saturday because I have to be honest, every fight we’ve been in with Devin, I haven’t been that concerned,” Hearn stated throughout an interview Thursday at Mandalay Bay. “I’m concerned, which is great news because it means we’ve got a real fight.”
The 22-year-old Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) is greatly preferred in advance of their 12-round fight Saturday evening, 12-1 according to a lot of Web sporting activities publications. Linares however is an extra enforcing challenger than the 3 fighters Haney has actually defeated in his 135-pound title battles– Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (13-1, 8 KOs), the Dominican Republic’s Alfredo Santiago (13-2, 5 KOs) as well as Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4, 18 KOs).
Haney has actually continuously called out elite lightweights, yet Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) is the closest the Oakland citizen as well as his group have actually pertained to safeguarding a leading challenger.
“It’s been frustrating for all of us, trying to find that fighter to step up,” Hearn stated. “You know, whether it was Lomachenko, who [Haney was] chasing through the WBC, you know, that slipped away. There was talks of Ryan Garcia and Teofimo Lopez, and people may not realize, but [Haney was] ready to take those fights a long time ago. And that comes from the build of Devin Haney, [his father] taking him to Mexico as a young fighter, learning the trade. People talk about the experience of Jorge Linares. But people are probably underestimating the experience of Devin Haney as well.”
Linares, a Tokyo citizen, made his professional launching when Haney was 4 years of ages. The previous WBA/WBC light-weight champ was gone down 3 times as well as dropped in the preliminary of his 140-pound launching by Mexico’s Pablo Cesar Cano 2 years back, yet Hearn pictures an affordable fight Saturday evening at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob Ultra Sector (DAZN; 8 p.m. EDT; 5 p.m. PDT).
“Jorge Linares is a tremendous fighter,” Hearn stated. “Great footwork, great hand speed, great intelligence as well. This is a really good matchup. … This is a really, really good fight.”
Keith Idec is an elderly writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be gotten to on Twitter @Idecboxing.