Devin Haney was shaken by Jorge Linares within the tenth spherical however nonetheless recovered to retain his WBC light-weight title with a unanimous choice victory in Las Vegas.
The undefeated 22-year-old wobbled again to his nook after a flurry of punches as Haney needed to present grit alongside together with his slick expertise to defeat Linares with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113 in Las Vegas.
Regardless of that temporary scare, Haney welcomed a future conflict with Teofimo Lopez, who’s recognised because the division’s No 1 after unifying the WBA, IBF and WBO titles.
“After all, I wish to make the largest battle occur,” Haney advised DAZN. “If Teofimo Lopez is subsequent, let’s do it.
“I stayed targeted on Jorge Linares. I knew that he was a tricky competitor. I targeted on my game-plan and I went in there and I bought the job completed.
“If Teofimo needs to get it subsequent, let’s do it for all of the belts. The true undisputed.”
Haney had landed his uppercut with regularity as he troubled Linares together with his hand pace within the early rounds.
A crisp proper hand from Haney had knocked Linares off steadiness within the third, whereas the Venezuelan needed to face up to one other fierce proper hand within the fourth.
However Linares lured Haney right into a fiery trade within the ninth, then unloaded a fast mixture within the tenth that left Haney staggering again to his nook.
Linares landed a left hook within the eleventh as he tried to discover a fight-ending punch, though Haney stood agency till the ultimate bell to seal a career-best victory.