Haney got off to a quick start in the opening laps, using his speed and an eight-inch reach advantage to tag Diaz with heavy punches and crisp combinations. Haney’s bodywork was also effective as he repeatedly cracked Diaz in the ribs, although his punches repeatedly drifted, resulting in a number of warnings from the referee.
Diaz was able to get back into the fight in the fourth round, finally able to reduce the distance on his lanky opponent. Fighting fire with fire, Diaz began throwing his own heavy punches to the champion’s body and also unloaded overhanging lefts that cut Haney on the chin.
However, for every round that Diaz seemed to win, he was never able to maintain his momentum. Haney continued to fight with his punch combination and activity levels that saw him end the fight with a 154-113 advantage in total punches landed.
Haney has been punched several times for non-action fights, but felt Diaz was the perfect man to help bring out a more exciting version of himself.
“Like JoJo said, he said he was going to take the dog out of me and that’s exactly what he did,” Haney said after the fight. “I had to take the dog out. “
The dog really had to come out on the last lap, with Diaz appearing to hurt Haney as he looked for a knockout for a late comeback. It was the second fight in a row where Haney was injured in the championship rounds.
However, all three judges saw the fight as a clear victory for Haney after the 12-round conclusion, giving him the decision by scores of 117-111, 117-111, 116-112.
The fight set Haney up for a potential four-belt unification fight with George Kambosos Jr. who won the IBF, WBO and WBA lightweight titles the previous weekend after a shocking upset from Teofimo Lopez Jr. Asked if he would be willing to travel to Kambosos’ home country of Australia, Haney didn’t hesitate.
“Come on, Kambosos. Let’s do it for all belts, ”Haney said. “The undisputed true. Then let’s do it. I’ll go to Jupiter if I have to. “
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- Devin Haney (c) defeated. Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. by unanimous decision (117-111, 117-111, 116-112)
- Montana Amour def. Carlos Diaz via TKO in the third round
- Jessica McCaskill (c) defeated. Kandi Wyatt via TKO in the seventh round
- Filip Hrgovic a battu. Emir Ahmatovic via TKO on the third tour
- Marc Castro beat. Ronaldo Solis by KO in the second round