This week it was announced that there would be a massive WBC lightweight title bout taking place at the end of May between Jorge Linares and Devin Haney. The fight will be the biggest, and most testing of Haney’s career so far, as he steps up against a former three-weight champion to defend his lightweight title in Las Vegas.
The 22-year-old has quickly become one of the most exciting young talents in the world of boxing, and will be looking to further his claims that he is the outright number one in the division, which could set up a huge future fight against the likes of Gervonta Davis, Teofimo Lopez or Ryan Garcia.
Boxing News: Haney’s Biggest Test To Date
There is no denying that this will be Haney’s biggest test so far. The American is currently ranked as the third-best lightweight in the world, but he admitted after accepting this fight, that he wants to show why he is the outright number one. He became the youngest world champion in 23 years back in 2019 when he won the WBC title. His amateur career was very impressive, as he won 138 times and lost just eight times. However, two of his defeats at that level were suffered against Ryan Garcia.
Since turning professional in 2015, Haney has won all 25 of his fights. He has won 15 times by knockout, with the other ten victories coming by decision. His last fight was in November last year, as he regained his WBC crown with a unanimous decision win against Yuriorkis Gamboa in Florida.
Boxing News: Linares Presents Huge Challenge
Linares has already been in the ring with some of the best lightweight and super lightweights around. He has won 47 of his 52 professional fights, with his most recent defeat coming against Pablo Cesar Cano for the WBC international silver super lightweight title. That was the second defeat that he suffered in less than a year, as he was previously beaten by Vasyl Lomachenko by TKO in May 2018.
Since that defeat against Cano, he has bounced back with two straight wins. The first of those was a professional unanimous decision win against Al Toyogon in Japan, before he knocked out Carlos Morales in the fourth round of their fights in February last year. All eyes will be on the Michelob Ultra Arena when these two stars clash in May.