With new lineal lightweight king George Kambosos scheduled to be watching from ringside, the initially of 3 exciting light-weight clashes over the future two weekends will start on Saturday evening (DAZN, 8 PM EST).
Devin Haney has been jerked all around by sanctioning human body silliness but with youth and expertise on his side, his career is to preserve successful. If he does so on Saturday, it will be with his second consecutive consensus best 10 fighter at lightweight. Haney is appropriate on plan for the very long operate.
Joseph Diaz, a 2012 US Olympian, is even now on plan as very well. No matter whether that plan seriously belongs at light-weight will be extra distinct following this weekend. Diaz was a good featherweight and Jr. lightweight, coming up quick in a aggressive bout with Gary Russell and ending a very long profitable streak for Tevin Farmer. Can he take care of a normally even larger, more rapidly talent in Haney?
It’s a serious fight with the air of serious future possibility hanging in the air.
Let’s get into it.
Stats and Stakes
Title: WBC lightweight* (2019-Current, 3 Defenses)
Previous Titles: None
Bodyweight: 135 lbs.
Hails from: San Francisco, California
File: 26-, 15 KO
Push Rankings: #4 (TBRB, Ring, ESPN), #5 (BoxRec)
File in Key Title Fights: 3- (4-, 1 KO such as interim title fights)
Past 5 Opponents: 124-11 (.919)
Notable Outcomes, Ring/TBRB Rated Foes: Jorge Linares UD12
Further Present-day/Former Titlists Faced: Juan Carlos Burgos UD10 Yuriorkis Gamboa UD12
*The WBC carries on to deliver combined alerts about who they watch as their main winner in media but their official rankings list the franchise designation earlier mentioned Haney. The existing WBC franchise champion at lightweight is George Kambosos the very last released rankings featured Teofimo Lopez. https://wbcboxing.com/mailing/2021/ratings_pdf/WBC_Rankings_NOVEMBER_2021.pdf
Preceding Titles: IBF Jr. Lightweight (2020-21)
Bodyweight: 134 ¼ lbs.
Hails from: Downey, California
History: 32-1-1 (15 KO)
Push Rankings: #4 (BoxRec), #6 (Ring), #7 (ESPN), #9 (TBRB)
Record in Key Title Fights: 1st Title Prospect
Previous Five Opponents: 125-13-3 (.897)
Noteworthy Outcomes, Ring/TBRB Rated Foes: Gary Russell Jr. L12 Jesus Rojas UD12 Tevin Farmer UD12 Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov D12 Javier Fortuna UD12
More Latest/Former Titlists Faced: Victor Terrazas KO3
The Pick: Looking at equally males at the weigh-in on Friday, the sizing hole jumps out. Haney is not just in a natural way greater on paper Haney looks greater nose to nose. Haney is also considerably longer in phrases of arm length and may possibly be a lot more than the official two inches taller. Diaz will have to use his jab to get near, operate the physique, and force a battle that keeps the combat at closer quarters all evening. Haney boxed superbly for the to start with two thirds of the Linares battle, making use of his feet and reflexes to continue to keep a phase ahead. Linares rocked Haney late but Diaz may well not pose the same danger so how does he get? For Diaz to gain, he has to force exchanges, unsettle Haney, and make the younger male hurry in spots to create openings. Diaz has demonstrated he will not be confused by speed and his maturity and encounter cannot be discounted. That mentioned, Haney appears like the genuine deal and he’s continuing to mature and strengthen. He will be far better for the Linares knowledge and far better than Diaz on Saturday night. The select is Haney by determination.
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Cliff Rold is the Controlling Editor of BoxingScene, a founding member of the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, a member of the Global Boxing Study Group, and a member of the Boxing Writers Affiliation of The us. He can be attained at [email protected]