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WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney vs. interim champ Joseph Diaz Jr. set for Dec. 4

Devin “The Dream” Haney is stepping back into the ring in December against the WBC interim lightweight champion.

Haney (26-0-0, 15 KOs) will attempt to unify the belts when he meets Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. in Las Vegas on Dec. 4.

The event will be live-streamed on DAZN.

Haney’s last fight was a convincing unanimous decision win over Jorges Linares in May. Critics are expecting another strong performance from Haney as he tries to secure other big-ticket fights.

“I was born to be great, so these are the moments I get up for,” Haney said in a press release. “I learned a lot from my last fight, it made me a more dangerous fighter. You guys can expect a ton of excitement and explosion in this fight!”

Diaz claimed the interim belt with a win over Javier Fortuna in July. He is also the IBF super featherweight titleholder after a win over Tevin Farmer in January 2020.

“I’m always daring to be great, that’s what I want to be known for during my career: taking on the toughest challenges,” Diaz Jr. said. “I know I will rise to the occasion and showcase to the world the kind of fighter I am on Dec. 4. I am going to give Haney the ass whooping he deserves.”

“This is going to be a thrilling fight in what is the most exciting weight class in the sport right now,” promoter Eddie Hearn added. “Devin has been crying out for big fights and on the back of a real test in Linares, he faces another massive fight in the form of the feisty Diaz Jr.

“There’s no love lost between the pair and that tension is going to rise in the build-up, and with Teofimo Lopez and George Kambosos Jr. meeting in New York on DAZN the weekend before, we have a schedule of must-watch action as these stellar lightweight talents aim to prove they are the king of the division.”

The MGM Grand Garden Arena will be the official venue.

“Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. is a world class fighter who I know will dominate the action on Dec. 4,” Chairman and CEO of Golden Boy, Oscar De La Hoya, said. “He is aggressive, he is smart, and knows when to overwhelm or outbox his opponent. His fighting style is at another level and when he faces Haney, fans will see how quickly JoJo will outclass him in the ring. I have full confidence in JoJo, and I am looking forward to calling him a two-division world champion.”

“Another day, another massive lightweight clash for fans to enjoy before the end of the year,” EVP Rights at DAZN Ed Breeze said. “At only 22 years of age, Devin Haney defends his WBC title for an impressive third time, against another dangerous opponent and current WBC interim lightweight champion ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr. The lightweight division keeps on delivering and the eyes of the boxing world will be on Las Vegas when Haney and Diaz Jr. go all in. Do not miss this fight, Dec. 4, live and exclusive worldwide on DAZN.”


Kenai is a former Postmedia Network online news and sports editor. He is the Editor-in-Chief for MMA Crossfire.

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