Devin Haney will face Jorge Linares this weekend, looking to defend his lightweight world title in his first fight since November of last year.
It’s a step up in opponent for the 22-year-old, and could lead him to a potential unification bout with Teofimo Lopez down the line if he wins.
Haney holds the WBC belt, which is the only one that Lopez doesn’t have, with a unification definitely something in which both fighters are interested.
He last fought Yuriorkis Gamboa towards the end of 2020, but will face a much tougher test against former world champion Linares in front of 5,000+ fans in the newly reopening city of Las Vegas.
On the undercard, Chantelle Cameron will defend her world title against Melissa Hernandez, and Jason Quigley will face Shane Mosley Jr.
Here’s everything you need to know about the big fight…
What time is the fight on?
The ring walks for the main event are expected at around 4am UK time, with the undercard kicking off at 1am.
How to watch via TV and live stream
The fights will be shown live on DAZN, for which a subscription can be bought for just £2 a month.
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Devin Haney: “I’m happy he said this was the best training camp and he’s in the best shape of his life. I want the best Jorge Linares so when I win that there’s no excuses and the world knows he came in 100 per cent.
“This is the time I’ve been waiting for; this is the moment and my time to finally shine against an incredible opponent and thinks he can put up a good fight and win against me. This is a huge opportunity for me, this is time to show everything I’m made of.
“Like Jorge said, this is a whole new level but I’m ready for it. It’ll be a very dominant performance; I think the world will be surprised at what kind of performance it is. I think even Jorge will be surprised at what type of fighter I am.”
Jorge Linares: “I’m very excited to be here in Vegas again, I’m next to the lightweight world champion Devin Haney, so this is a big opportunity of my life. I had a great training camp in Japan for a long time with my brother but now I’m here. I’m very excited for Saturday night.
“I feel much better than before, against Kevin Mitchell, Anthony Crolla, Vasiliy Lomachenko, I think this is the best and more important training camp – a big opportunity in my life. I’m here a couple more days.
“I’ve fought a lot of big fights, 52 fights, in England, USA, Latin America, this time I’ve come back to Las Vegas at the Mandalay Bay. It’s in amazing fight against an amazing young champion, it’s so exciting to show everyone who I am, how much experience I have and how good I feel.
“I respect Haney’s comments, thinking about after this fight, talking about Lopez and everyone in the lightweight division. Me too, I’m thinking about being a champion again and then fighting with the best in the division. There’s a lot of good opponents and champions, I need to be ready for that again.”