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Who won Haney vs Diaz?
Devin Haney beat Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 4th December 2021 at MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena in Nevada.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 117-111, 117-111 in favor of winner Devin Haney.
The fight was scheduled to take place over 12 rounds in the Lightweight division, which meant the weight limit was 135 pounds (9.6 stone or 61.2 KG).
This contest was for the vacant WBC lightweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Montana Love was victorious over Carlos Diaz Ramirez, Jessica McCaskill beat Kandi Wyatt and Filip Hrgovic defeated Emir Ahmatovic.
Haney vs Diaz stats
Back in December 2021, Devin Haney stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 26 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way to the ring with a record of 32 wins, 1 loss and 1 draw, with 15 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Haney had advantage in power over Diaz, with a 58% knock out percentage over Diaz's 47%.
Devin Haney was the younger man by 6 years, at 23 years old.
Haney had a height advantage of 3 inches over Diaz. That also extended to a 7-inch reach advantage.
Devin Haney fought out of the orthodox stance, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz was a southpaw.
Haney was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 8 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 2 year and 11 months later than Diaz, whose first professional fight was in 2012. He had fought 97 less professional rounds, 198 to Diaz's 295.
Haney vs Diaz form
Haney remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight before this contest, he had defeated Jorge Linares on 29th May 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
Previous to that, he had defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa on 7th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida.
Going into that contest, he had beat Alfredo Santiago Alvarez on 9th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA.
Before that, he had won against Zaur Abdullaev on 13th September 2019 by technical knockout in the 4th round in their WBC Interim World Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
He had beat Antonio Moran on 25th May 2019 by knockout in the 7th round at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
Diaz had beaten 4 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 1 of them, going the distance 3 times.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had defeated Javier Fortuna on 9th July 2021 by unanimous decision in their WBC Interim World Lightweight championship fight at Banc of California Stadium, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had drawn with Shavkatdzhon Rakhimov on 13th February 2021 by majority draw in their 12 round contest in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
Going into that contest, he had defeated Tevin Farmer on 30th January 2020 by unanimous decision in their IBF World Junior Lightweight championship fight at Meridian at Island Gardens, Florida.
Before that, he had won against Jesus Cuadro on 21st September 2019 by majority decision in their 12 round contest at Auditorio del Estado, Baja California, Mexico.
He had defeated Freddy Fonseca on 4th May 2019 by technical knockout in the 7th round at T-Mobile Arena, Las Vegas, United States.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Devin Haney had been fighting more than Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz.
Going to this contest, Devin Haney had last fought 6 months and 5 days ago, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz's last outing had been 4 months and 25 days ago.
Haney's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years, 6 months and 9 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 3 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 47 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9.4 rounds on average.
Diaz's last 5 fights had come over a period of 2 years and 7 months, meaning he had been fighting on average every 6 months and 8 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 55 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 11 rounds on average.
What time did Haney vs Diaz start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at MGM Grand, Grand Garden Arena, Nevada, United States, which was around 3:00 AM GMT in the UK.
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What were the odds on Haney vs Diaz?
Devin Haney was a 3/25 (-830) favourite going into the contest, while Joseph ‘Jo Jo’ Diaz made his way into the ring at 122/25 (+490) with oddsmakers.