Devin Haney v Jorge Linares set for May 29
Unbeaten WBC Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15KOs) will make the third defense of his title when he takes on multi-weight champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29KOs) on May 29. For Haney, this will be by far the best fighter he has faced as a pro. Although Haney fought Yuriokis Gamboa in his last ring outing, Gamboa was way past his prime, coming off an Achilles injury, and the naturally smaller man. While Linares is not quite in his prime, he is still much fresher and a viable threat than the aged Cuban.
Haney, who has called out pretty much the entire lightweight division in the past with no luck, has a chance to notch a much needed top tier fighter on his resume. Linares, 35, will surely head into this bout as the underdog. He has fought quality competition over the course of his career with bouts against the likes of Vasyl Lomachenko, Luke Campbell, Sergio Thompson, Antonio Demarco and Rocky Juarez. With a chance to become a champion again in possibly his last world title opportunity, he knows he is going to have to be at his best.
Haney has the opportunity to finally start to quiet the naysayers who have been quite critical of his competition. An impressive performance against Linares would go a long way in showing how good he truly is. Come May 29, the boxing world will either witness redemption and a major upset, or the solidifying of a young champion ready to take on the best of the best that boxing has to offer.
By: Jerrell Fletcher