Devin Haney and Jorge Linares are heading to Las Vegas for their upcoming title bout.
Haney will defend his WBC lightweight title against Linares in the main event of a DAZN card on May 29. The card will take place at the Michelob ULTRA Arena at Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas.
“I grew up watching Linares and the fact that this fight is happening in Las Vegas is incredible. Boxing fans around the world are eager to see me step up in competition which is great, and I know Linares is coming to fight. I’m ready to give the fans a spectacular performance. The better the competition brings the best out of me. Against Linares, I’m going to show the world why I’m the king of the lightweight division,” Haney said.
This will be Haney’s latest title defense since he was first elevated from interim titlist to full champion in 2019. After his first world title defense against Alfredo Santiago in 2019, Haney was named “Champion In Recess” after an injury prevented from defending his title. Since a new champion was never crowned in the meantime, Haney was re-instated as champion. His most recent bout was a 12-round decision win against Yuriorkis Gamboa that took place last November.
Linares was a former lightweight champion, but dropped the WBA title to Vasiliy Lomachenko back in 2018. Afterwards, Linares tried to make a run at a junior welterweight title, but those hopes were dashed when he was stopped by Pablo Cesar Cano in January 2019. Since then, Linares went back to lightweight and has won his last two bouts. Linares has struggled to get back to the ring during the pandemic, with a fight against Javier Fortuna set for last year called off after Linares tested positive for COVID-19.
“This is my moment to show the world that I still have a lot more to give at 135 pounds. Devin Haney is a talented and quick-handed young man, but when I was his age, I had already become a world champion by snatching the title away from a real world champion like Oscar Larios. And now you can imagine how much more experience I have now at an age where I feel stronger and better than ever,” Linares said.
Fans will be in attendance for the event and information on ticket sales will be released soon.