- Devin Haney’s title defense against Jorge Linares will be on May 29th at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
- This will mark Haney’s first bout in his adopted hometown since he was 17 years old.
- Linares is coming off back to back wins after getting upset by Pablo Cesar Cano.
Devin Haney’s title defense against Jorge Linares has been finalized for May 29th at the former Mandalay Bay Events Center in Las Vegas which is now known as Mandalay Bay Michelob ULTRA Arena.
HANEY VS. LINARES: MAY 29 🗓 pic.twitter.com/iAdpHirnRK
— DAZN Boxing (@DAZNBoxing) March 31, 2021
It will be the second boxing event in Las Vegas that will be allowed a 50% capacity since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic with the four-belt 140-pound title unification between Jose Ramirez and Josh Taylor on May 22nd being the first.
The Haney vs Linares bout was initially targeted for May 15th but will now serve as the main draw of a DAZN card on the Saturday night of Memorial Day Weekend in the United States.
Reinstated as WBC Lightweight Champion
— BoxingScene.com (@boxingscene) April 8, 2020
The 22-year old Haney is the current WBC lightweight champion. He became interim lightweight champion after defeating Zaur Abdullaev in September 2019. Haney was promoted to full champion status after Vasyl Lomachenko decided to fight Teofimo Lopez instead of making a mandatory title defense against Haney.
Haney would go on to successfully defend his belt against Alfredo Santiago on November 9, 2019 but he suffered a shoulder injury in that bout. He was declared champion in recess but later reinstated after recovering from surgery. Haney successfully defended his title for the second time against former world champion Yuriorkis Gamboa in November 2020.
Although Haney trains and lives in Las Vegas, this bout will mark his first time to fight in his adopted home town in five years. The last time he fought in Sin City was when he was 17 years old when he knocked out Jairo Fernandez Vargas at the Downtown Las Vegas Events Center. Haney is unbeaten in 25 bouts with 15 knockouts.
Back to Back Wins
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Jorge Linares 🆚 Carlos Morales pic.twitter.com/lr1q9qksbv
— Golden Boy (@GoldenBoyBoxing) April 21, 2020
Linares is coming off a fourth round knockout win over Carlos Morales last February 14, 2020. The 35-year old has won back to back fights since suffering a shocking defeat against Pablo Cesar Cano in 2019. Prior to that defeat, El Nino Oro won 14 out of 15 bouts, including 13 consecutive victories with his only loss during that span coming at the hands of Lomachenko.
A three-division world champion, Linares will be fighting in a world title bout for the first time since losing the lightweight title to Lomachenko. He was supposed to fight former world champion Javier Fortuna in August of last year but the fight was called off after he was hospitalized for two weeks in Tokyo after getting infected with COVID-19. He has since recovered and is now chasing another world title against Haney.
Linares is considered as the biggest test of Haney’s career. The Venezuelan boxing superstar has an impressive record of 47-5 with 29 knockouts. His resume includes wins over world champions like Anthony Crolla, Jesus Chavez, Oscar Larios and Hector Velasquez. Linares also owns wins over former title challengers like Luke Campbell, Mercito Gesta, Kevin Mitchell, Javier Prieto, and Rocky Juarez.