Devin Haney Overcomes Adversity to Defeat Jorge Linares

Published 05/30/2021, 12:15 AM EDT
NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Devin Haney(red and white trunks) celebrates with his coach after beating Zaur Abdullaev(Red and black trunks) by doctor stoppage for The WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)


The much-awaited WBC lightweight war between Devin Haney and Jorge Linares lived up to expectations and stayed true to all the hype created around it. Both the fighters gave each other a stern outing to lure the entire boxing fraternity. But it was Devin Haney who came out victorious, thereby retaining his unbeaten streak and the WBC belt.

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Both the fighters kept a wide stance in the initial rounds. Moving further, ‘The Dream’ took advantage of his reach and landed some slick jabs on the veteran. The young gun was too fast with his shots, and Linares didn’t really respond to him with exuberant counterattacks.

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As the fight progressed, Haney, who only got comfortable, began trading some extensive blows with Linares. The pair shared some fiery exchanges with each other in the later rounds, thus keeping the fans engaged.

The WBC champ unquestionably proved his mettle in this fight. After a 12-round brawl, Haney claimed a gratifying win to solidify his spot in the lightweight roster.

Right from the very first bell, ‘The Dream’ made his intentions clear. He put on a clinical performance in this bout and showed that he can survive in deep waters. Also, with that win, the champ moved to an immaculate track record of 26 wins. This was his biggest and perhaps most career-defining win.

Did Devin Haney do enough to win against Jorge Linares?

Although the young force came out victorious in most of the rounds, there were still a few moments when the veteran caught him with staggering hits.

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In fact, in round 10, one of Linares’ shots struck ‘The Dream’ and he wobbled while going back to his corner. Despite that, he collected himself and fought the fight he was destined to. That said, it is undeniable to admit that Haney was in the most ideal momentum in this fight.

It’ll be interesting to see how he shapes up his career from hereon with potential bouts against Teofimo Lopez and Ryan Garcia in the pipeline.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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