Devin Haney vs. Jorge Linares Result
World Boxing Council lightweight champion Devin Haney defeated legendary Venezuelan fighter, Jorge Linares, holding his boxing together after a late scare.
The fight held at Mandalay Bay’s Michelob ULTRA Arena was etched with late drama. Haney took the unanimous decision victory, but the 23-year-old American had to dig deep to defend his WBC crown.
Devin Haney had ample control on the first half of the match using slick movement and his quickness to repeatedly connect on Linares; however, Linares, in the last rounds, showed why he is a historical multi-champion and hurt his rival at the end of round 10 with a massive right hand impact.
Haney had to be resourceful in the eleventh and twelfth, holding on for dear life to avoid a repeat dose.
The fight went all the way and the judges ruled 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113, all in favor of the still champion, Devin Haney.
After passing this complicated test, Haney agreed to face the best of the division: “If Teofimo is next, let’s do it.” He stated.
Devin Haney improved his undefeated record to 26 wins with 15 KOs, while Linares came out of the ring with a professional record of 47 wins with 29 KOs and 6 losses.