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“I Never Was Hurt” – Devin Haney Reacts to Being Hit in Round 10 by Jorge Linares

Published 05/30/2021, 1:28 AM EDT

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Devin Haney retained his WBC lightweight belt and unbeaten record against Jorge Linares. But it was never an undemanding task for ‘The Dream’ as Linares had him troubled for a brief period.

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In their 12-round collision, both men had their moments. Linares had a major one as he wobbled Devin Haney. After being dominated throughout round 10, Linares returned the favor with action. In the dying moments, he landed brutal shots on Haney.

As Haney absorbed all the punches, the damage was quite evident. However, the WBC champion didn’t agree with that. In the post-fight segment, he revealed that he was unhurt in round 10.


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Devin Haney said, “It was a good shot, I was never hurt … I am going in there, I’ma box smart. He hit me with a good shot, but I never was hurt. But I still continued to box smart.”

He continued, “Sometimes when you get hit with a good shot, I wasn’t hurt, but you still gotta be smart in there and that was a game plan.”

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Jorge Linares‘ show thrilled the fans. Despite him being unable to thwart ‘The Dream’, ‘El Nino De Oro’ showcased his prowess in front of the world. Here’s a look at the exciting round 10 of the fight.

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Haney and Linares didn’t hesitate to involve themselves in an intense fight. Despite being charged from the other end, both men kept moving forward. It inaugurated a brief exchange between them in round two.

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Meanwhile, Linares grabbed the flow as he got hold of Devin Haney. He landed back-to-back combinations on the champion who tried to fight fire with fire. However, Linares’ sleek movement played a crucial factor in saving him.


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As round ten ended and Haney moved towards his corner, his wobbly footsteps garnered a lot of attention. Many fans even envisioned that the fight was over, but ‘The Dream’ returned, won, and remained undefeated as a professional.

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Written by:

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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.
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