He did not have all of it his personal approach, however Devin Haney defended his WBC light-weight title with a unanimous resolution victory over former three-weight world champion Jorge Linares in Las Vegas.
Haney was seemingly coasting towards a cushty victory Saturday night time till he was caught on the chin by a superb brief proper hand on the finish of the tenth spherical.
Haney wobbled again to his nook and spent many of the eleventh spherical recovering earlier than getting the nod with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113.
It had been a procession earlier than Haney was caught.
The 22-year-old jabbed completely within the opening rounds and was faster, smarter and extra skillful than Linares because the Venezuelan was picked off on the surface.
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Though his greatest work was accomplished at vary, Haney wasn’t afraid to trade on the within as he appeared to remind the light-weight division of his expertise.
Till the tenth, Haney’s efficiency underscored his legitimacy three weeks out from unified champion Teofimo Lopez’s IBF, WBO, WBA and The Ring world title protection towards Australian George Kambosos Jr. in Miami.
Haney and Lopez sit atop the division, however 135 kilos is among the most intriguing in boxing, with Ryan Garcia, Vasiliy Lomachenko, Gervonta Davis and Kambosos all within the combine.
The 22-year-old Haney was criticized for a one-sided however uneventful unanimous resolution win over Yuriorkis Gamboa in November, and there shall be loads of commentary round this win after he limped to the ultimate bell.
In truth, Haney was booed when the struggle ended and once more throughout his in-ring postfight interview.
“I got here in right here, I obtained the win and I’m happy,” he mentioned in entrance of a dissatisfied crowd on the Mandalay Bay.
“I can field, I can bang. He hit me with shot, I confronted adversity however I obtained the job accomplished.”
Regardless of having a date with Kambosos on June 19, Lopez has already known as for a struggle with Haney for all of the titles. It is a bout Haney can also be open to.
“After all, I wish to make the largest fights occur,” he mentioned when requested a few attainable struggle with Lopez. “If Teofimo Lopez is subsequent, let’s make it occur. If Teofimo desires to get it subsequent, let’s do it for all of the belts.”
It was a Haney jabfest over the opening two rounds. The American fought largely on the again foot however fired off a lightning fast jab to Linares’ head and physique.
Linares hooked effectively however was left swinging at air as he struggled to shut the space on Haney.
Haney was at his greatest working away on Linares from the surface, however he wasn’t afraid to commerce in shut and by the sixth spherical had began throwing larger photographs in search of the stoppage.
Linares was marked up and drained after the seventh however nonetheless carried large energy and was as harmful as he was earlier on.
He proved that within the tenth, when Haney was surprised excellent brief proper hand. Haney wobbled again to his nook and, regardless of smiling between rounds, was nonetheless buzzed within the eleventh.
“It was shot. I used to be by no means damage, I boxed sensible,” Haney mentioned. “It was shot nevertheless it didn’t damage.
“Once you get hit with shot, you have to be sensible. That was the sport plan. You’ve obtained to proceed to do what the sport plan was. I did that and I obtained the win.”
Haney’s legs had been gone and he was compelled to carry on as he encountered essentially the most adversity he is ever confronted within the ring. Linares looked for the stoppage, however the younger American fought his approach again into the spherical by the closing minute.