Devin “The Dream” Haney and Jorge Linares war on social media!
The boxing community has been waiting to see WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15ko) lock horns with a note-worthy opponent. It looks like that may happen as a fight with three-divisional champion Jorge Linares (47-5, 29ko) could be looming.
Matchroom Boxing/DAZN promoter Eddie Hearn has spoken on the WBC champion needing a big fight soon. He touched upon the possibility of a Linares fight becoming a reality that is targeted for April.
This would be a good fight while team Haney is waiting for an order to face WBC interim titlist Ryan “KingRy” Garcia. The latter defeated then #1 contender Luke Campbell in an eliminator that was supposed to name Haney’s next opponent. There is also a possible match-up with former mandatory challenger Javier Fortuna who is currently ranked #2 by the WBC.
Then there is former unified champion Vasiliy Lomachenko who takes the #1 ranking currently. This fight has the least chance of happening since Lomachencko’s promoter Bob Arum previously called the match-up “nonsense!”
THE FIGHT COULD HAPPEN
During an interview with 3kingsboxing.com amd Pro Beez of Pep Talk Uk, the champion’s father Bill Haney spoke of a possible fight with the three-divisional world champion.
Back in 2020, Linares was eyeing a fight with The Dream and some of the other big names in the division. Since losing his first fight at junior welterweight against Pablo Cesar Cano in January 2019, the Venezuelan native moved back down to lightweight winning two fights in a row and is ranked #3 by the WBC.
Besides Lomachenko and Garcia, Haney has unified champion “The Takeover” Teofimo Lopez in his sights. However, Lopez’ also doesn’t seem too eager to make that fight. Furthermore, Haney received heavy criticism for fighting former unified featherweight champion Yuriorkis Gamboa. A fighter that was coming off a loss, a nine-month layoff and an Achilles injury after fighting two-divisional champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis in December 2019.
With that said, it is imperative team Haney get a credible fighter in the ring ASAP!
THE SOCIAL MEDIA CLAPBACK
Although there hasn’t been an official announcement, it is safe to say that Linares is an acceptable opponent. He is still a good name with decent value. There would be no reason for the boxing community to have a problem with this fight.
Like most things in boxing, there has to be a build-up. Of course, social media is the place where this takes place. The Haney and Linares were in full “beast mode”, clapping back at each other. Linares kicked it off with a tweet telling The Dream to get ready for the April showdown!
By: Garrison Bland