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Who won Haney vs Linares?
Devin Haney beat Jorge Linares by unanimous decision in their 12 round contest on Saturday 29th May 2021 at Michelob ULTRA Arena in Las Vegas.
The scorecards were announced as 116-112, 115-113, 116-112 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 WBC lightweight championship of the world.
Also, on the undercard Jason Quigley was victorious over Shane Mosley Jr, Chantelle Cameron beat Melissa Hernandez and Martin Joseph Ward was overcome by Azinga Fuzile.
Haney vs Linares stats
Devin Haney stepped into the ring with an undefeated record of 25 wins, zero loses and 0 draws, 15 of those wins coming by the way of knock out.
Jorge Linares made his way to the ring with a record of 47 wins, 5 loses and 0 draws, with 29 of those wins by knock out.
The stats suggested Linares had a slight advantage in power over Haney, with a 62% knock out percentage over Haney's 60%.
Devin Haney was the younger man by 13 years, at 24 years old.
Haney had a height advantage of 1 inch over Linares. That also extended to a 2-inch reach advantage.
Both Devin Haney & Jorge Linares fought out of an orthodox stance.
Haney was the less experienced professional fighter, having had 27 less fights, and made his debut in 2015, 12 year and 11 months later than Linares, whose first professional fight was in 2002. He had fought 158 less professional rounds, 186 to Linares' 344.
Jorge Linares was ranked number 4 by the WBC in the 135lb division.
Haney vs Linares form
Haney remained undefeated as a professional, stopping 2 of his last 5 opponents.
In his last fight leading up to this contest, he had beat Yuriorkis Gamboa on 7th November 2020 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel and Casino, Florida, United States.
Previous to that, he had beat Alfredo Santiago Alvarez on 9th November 2019 by unanimous decision in their WBC World Lightweight championship fight at Staples Center, LA.
Going into that contest, 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.
Before that, he had beat Antonio Moran on 25th May 2019 by knockout in the 7th round at MGM National Harbor, Maryland.
He had defeated Xolisani Ndongeni on 11th January 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at StageWorks of Louisiana, Shreveport.
Linares had beaten 3 of his last 5 opponents, stopping 2 of them, going the distance once.
In his last fight before this contest, he had won against Carlos Morales on 14th February 2020 by knockout in the 4th round at Honda Center, California, United States.
Previous to that, he had won against Al Toyogon on 7th September 2019 by unanimous decision in their 10 round contest at Korakuen Hall, Tokyo, Japan.
Going into that contest, he had been beaten by Pablo Cesar Cano on 18th January 2019 by technical knockout in the 1st round in their WBC World Super Lightweight eliminator fight at Madison Square Garden, New York, United States.
Before that, he had defeated Abner Cotto on 29th September 2018 by knockout in the 3rd round at Fantasy Springs Casino, California.
He had lost to Vasyl Lomachenko on 12th May 2018 by technical knockout in the 10th round in their WBA World Lightweight and The Ring Lightweight championship fight at Madison Square Garden, New York.
In terms of activity leading into the fight, Devin Haney had been fighting more than Jorge Linares.
Going to this contest, Devin Haney had last fought 2 years, 1 month and 1 day ago, while Jorge Linares' last outing had been 2 years, 9 months and 24 days ago.
Haney's last 5 fights had come over a period of 3 years, 10 months and 27 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 9 months and 12 days. In those fights, he fought a total of 45 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 9 rounds on average.
Linares' last 5 fights had come over a period of 4 years, 6 months and 26 days, meaning he had been fighting on average every 11 months. In those fights, he fought a total of 28 rounds, meaning that they had lasted 5.6 rounds on average.
What time did Haney vs Linares start?
The fighters were expected to ringwalk at around 10:00 PM EST / 7:00 PM PST at Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas, United States, which was around 3:00 AM BST in the UK.
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What were the odds on Haney vs Linares?
Devin Haney was a 1/10 (-1000) favourite going into the contest, while Jorge Linares made his way into the ring at 13/2 (+650) with oddsmakers.