May 29th is where we will finally see young, unbeaten, gifted 22 year old prodigy 🇺🇸Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0-0, 15KO👊) take a step up in competition, and it is a massive one, as he will be facing former RING-MAGAZINE Lightweight Champion of the World 🇻🇪Jorge “El Nino De Oro” Linares (47-5-0, 29KO👊) for a main event that will be hosted on DAZN’s streaming service.
Haney currently holds the WBC Lightweight regular strap (make of that what you will, given the WBC situation in formulating the Franchise Title), and that more than anything for Haney is used as a valuable bargaining chip towards getting more notable fights, and his opponent for Saturday certainly fits into that picture, that he wants to pursue.
Haney’s last fight was against Gold-Medalist 🥇🇨🇺Yuriorkis Gamboa – someone that Haney looked up to, and shut him out…though the version of Gamboa that he went up against was horribly way past his prime, and at a weight class he had no business in at the age of 38, who has been relegated as a stepping stone over time. The fight against Linares is exactly what is needed for Haney at this budding stage of his career.
As for Linares, he too is past his prime, but not nearly at the rate that Haney’s previous opponent was, and as it stands, Linares at this current juncture is still a dangerous fighter (at Lightweight) for all other top-tier fighters in the weight class to deal with. He lost his Title in 2018 when he was stopped by 🥇🥇🇺🇦Vasiliy Lomachenko, and that was the final fight in which Jorge harbored in his prime as a top-flight world class boxer.
After an unsuccessful stint at Junior-Welterweight due to his lack of punch resistance, he changed his diet, and came back down to Lightweight. He looked sharp in his last performance against 🇲🇽Carlos Morales, where he picked up an impressive KO victory. The 35 year old Venezuelan feels like he has one more big run in his career, and Haney would bust the doors wide open towards him walking that path once again, but it may prove to be a very difficult task.