Eddie Hearn Says Joseph Diaz “Is Gonna Look Terrible” if He Doesn’t Fight Devin Haney

Published 10/17/2021, 7:24 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney looks on during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)


WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney has offered himself against Joseph Diaz after Ryan Garcia walked out due to his reported injury. The potential fight between Garcia and Diaz was set for the WBC Interim strap. And the winner would have received a shot at the world lightweight title.

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However, Garcia’s exit and Haney’s interest to slide in has brought up ‘JoJo’ Diaz directly before the world title. While there’s no way Diaz will avoid a title fight, there is still no official update regarding the developments of the idea. And that seems to have vexed Matchroom chief Eddie Hearn.

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Hearn connected with the media from the recent Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Martin fight. While talking about several things, he revealed why the matchup should happen at any cost.

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“Devin [Haney] against JoJo Diaz is a great fight and JoJo is a fighting man. He is gonna look terrible if he doesn’t accept this fight. The same numbers that he agreed to fight Ryan Garcia. What is going on? The only way you don’t accept this fight is if you do not believe you can beat this man,” said Eddie Hearn.

Most of the top-rated lightweights have avoided facing the unbeaten Haney. Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, Vasyl Lomachenko, and many others haven’t expressed any interest in sharing the ring with ‘The Dream’. Hence, Joseph Diaz can be a viable option for Devin Haney.

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Joseph Diaz doesn’t appear to have any reason to avoid fighting Haney, especially when ‘The Dream’ has offered to put his WBC title on the line. Meanwhile, both sides have already traded major blows on social media, citing an intense build-up.

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Diaz, 32-1-1, has been an elite-level contender at 135 and has attained world championship gold at 130. Meanwhile, Haney has secured 26 wins in 26 fights. At the age of 22, he is at the pinnacle of the division.

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As Diaz holds the interim strap, he is the rightful opponent for ‘The Dream’ and this fight makes all the sense in the world. Hence, it is highly likely that this bout will go ahead.

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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