Haney retains WBC light-weight title, beats Linares by choice

Devin Haney defended his WBC world light-weight title with a unanimous choice over former three-weight champion Jorge Linares

LAS VEGAS — Devin Haney mentioned he needed Jorge Linares’ greatest when the 2 met for the WBC world light-weight title, so there can be no excuses after a win.

Because it turned out, Haney got here near needing an excuse of his personal.

After dominating the primary seven rounds, Haney weathered a late surge by Linares to unanimously outpoint the previous three-weight champion on Saturday night time and efficiently defend his belt.

Haney, the primary particular person to outpoint Linares, gained 116-112, 116-112, 115-113 on the judges’ scorecards.

Nevertheless it was Linares staggering the 135-pound champion on the finish of the tenth spherical within the 12-round bout.

“It was an excellent shot, however I wasn’t harm,” Haney mentioned. “Typically whenever you get hit by an excellent shot it’s important to be sensible, proceed the sport plan. I did that and obtained the win.”

Haney (26-0) spent a lot of the ultimate three rounds ducking below Linares’ arms, hugging and stalling the motion.

“I simply saved sensible, used the jabs, feinted and landed photographs within the twelfth spherical,” Haney mentioned. “You will get hit with large photographs in boxing. I didn’t get dropped, I didn’t get harm. You see fighters get dropped and rise up from large photographs and folks reward them, I didn’t get dropped, I stayed on my toes, saved throwing photographs and closed it out.”

In line with CompuBox, Haney landed 215 punches, and Linares landed 116. Haney additionally hit his mark with 79 jabs, whereas Linares landed 25.

Linares (47-6), the one particular person to place Vasiliy Lomachenko on his again, survived an early onslaught by Haney, who used sturdy mixtures to the pinnacle and physique to harm the opponent 13 years his elder.

Haney appeared as if he was going to drop Linares within the sixth spherical. He landed an overhand proper and subsequent punches that brought on Linares’ proper eye to swell.

“I confirmed I can do all of it,” Haneys mentioned. “I can field, I can bang, I can take a photographs and face adversity and get the job finished. I knew he was going to return right here and provides it every part, it was an enormous alternative for him. He can be prepared to get knocked out to go for the win, take my greatest photographs to get this title.”

Haney mentioned he now needs Teofimo Lopez, who fights June 19 in Miami towards George Kambosis. Lopez is the undisputed champion, so a bout between the 2 can be for supremacy of the light-weight division.

“I wish to battle the perfect,” Haney mentioned. “If Teofimo needs to do it subsequent, let’s do it for all of the belts, the true undisputed.”

Within the co-featured occasion, champion Chantelle Cameron (14-0), of Nice Britain, defended her WBC world super-lightweight title with TKO of Miami’s Melissa Hernandez (23-8), in a bout stopped at 1:38 of the fifth spherical.

On the undercard, Eire’s Jason Quigley (19-1) defeated Shane Mosley Jr. (17-5) by majority choice (97-93, 96-94, 95-95) to assert the vacant WBO middleweight title.

South Africa’s Azinga Fuzile (15-1) defeated Nice Britain’s Martin J. Ward (24-2) with a seventh-round TKO in a remaining eliminator for the IBF world tremendous featherweight title.

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