WATCH: Oscar De La Hoya Gives Advice to Jorge Linares Ahead of His Fight with Devin Haney

Published 05/29/2021, 10:55 PM EDT
INGLEWOOD, CA – JANUARY 27: Jorge Linares of Venezuela has a crown placed atop his head following his victory over Mercito Gesta at The Forum on January 27, 2018 in Inglewood, California. (Photo by Jeff Gross/Getty Images)


Former world champion Jorge Linares appears ready to stun the world, and he has all the chances to do that. He will look to hand Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney his maiden professional boxing defeat, thereby dethroning him from the summit of the lightweight division as the WBC champion.

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That said, Linares’ promoter Oscar De La Hoya has rightly favored his man in the mix. Despite being the underdog, Linares has appeared confident throughout the fight week and a few final-moment pieces of advice from De La Hoya can come in handy inside the ring.

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Before the lightweight title fight, ‘Golden Boy’ met his pugilist in the locker room and shared a few words. He also showed Linares some boxing combinations that he could use to vanquish Devin Haney. In the interaction, the former world champions hugged each other and De La Hoya patted ‘El Nino De Oro’ on the shoulder.

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47-5 as a professional, Linares holds almost two decades of experience under his name. Meanwhile, the 25-0 WBC champion Devin Haney has appeared flawless in his six-year career. ‘The Dream’ is already regarded as one of the best young boxers in the lightweight unit.

Given the 22-year-old’s position as the hungry champion, fans believe he will add Linares to his list of victims. However, it will not be so easy.

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As both men are hard hitters and are technically sound, their bout can go the distance or end in the blink of an eye. Hence, fans can expect an intriguing matchup between the two elite lightweight pugilists.

LONDON, ENGLAND – MAY 30: Jorge Linares of Venezuela poses with the WBC Leightweight Championship belt at The O2 Arena on May 30, 2015 in London, England. (Photo by Ben Hoskins/Getty Images)

It will be an equally matched battle, with both contenders having their fair chances to win. Although Devin Haney has an on-paper advantage, Linares can shock the world by becoming a world champion again.

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Will Oscar De La Hoya’s advice prove useful? Let us know.

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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. 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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