Devin Haney: “We Had To Corner Jo Jo Diaz To Take This Fight”

Devin Haney knows none of the guys in the division are in a hurry to fight him

Devin Haney and Jo Jo Diaz at the first fight press conference for their WBC lightweight title bout
Devin Haney and Joseph Diaz at the first fight press conference

Devin Haney knows none of the guys in the division are in a hurry to fight him

WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (26-0, 15ko) believes none of the top fighters in the division are in a hurry to fight him. This includes upcoming opponent WBC interim titlist Joseph “Jo Jo” Diaz (32-1-1, 15ko).

When fans heard that The Dream and Jo Jo were going to collide, it was a refreshing change of pace. So many times, fans see fighters calling each other out on social media, and they go looking for the fire only to find a smoldering smoke of wet logs.


Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn could not wait to use social media to spread the word that the fight was finally going down. The fight did not just happen out of thin air. It took a little divine intervention. Diaz, shortly after winning the interim title and mandatory position, somewhat accepted the challenge by Haney to a fight for a date in November.

However, the air was quickly taken out of the balloon. Jo Jo would decide to forgo the title fight and instead looked at a showdown with the previous interim titleholder, Ryan Garcia. As fate would have it, Garcia got hurt. This would leave Diaz without a dance partner until Haney reengaged team Diaz for the upcoming showdown on December 4.


During a fight press conference, Haney offered his take on the circumstances that led to the fight happening. He made it clear that not only do none of the other top guys want to fight him, but Diaz’s arm was twisted into taking the fight.

“At the end of the day, I don’t feel like it’s really any doubt with these guys with me because at the end of the day, none of them are in a rush to fight me. Jo Jo Diaz was not in a rush to fight me. I feel like we had to corner him to make him take the fight and all these other guys, the same thing.”

By: Garrisson Bland

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Garrisson Bland - Head of Public Relations/Senior Journalist. Garrisson is the Head of Public relations for as well as a senior writer. He is also the host of YouTube boxing show "Truth And Facts Sports Talk."