Jorge Linares has been away from the ring for almost 15 months but all he thinks off right now is leaving all that in the past and getting back in the ring against WBC champion Devin Haney on Saturday night, 29th of May at the Michelob ULTRA Arena, Las Vegas.
The former three division champ was last seen in the ring on Valentine’s Day back in 2020 but loves the fact that, he will be returning back to the ring against an unbeaten opponent in Haney (25-0, 15KOs) , rather than take a warm up fight.
“I’m very happy with Golden Boy and my whole team coming together to get this opportunity for me,” Linares told BoxingScene.com. “I told them that I wanted to face a good fighter for my first fight in 2021. I didn’t want a [tune-up], I wanted a real challenge and got it. Golden Boy understood my needs and asked me to be patient. They worked hard to put this fight together with Haney. I’m very pleased with the chance to fight Devin Haney.”
Linares was last seen knocking out Carlos Molina in the forth round round of their fight back in February 14th at the Honda Centre in California. The fight saw the chief support to Ryan Garcia’s fourth round knockout victory over Francisco Fonseca, which was a warm up as both winner were expected to meet later in the year. However COVID 19 derailed that from happening and totally taking him off the ring for the remainder of the year.
Early this year, Linares has had his name paired with many rivals for his comeback but the enticement of going for another World title couldn’t be overlooked.
“This is the perfect fight for me,” insists Linares, whose previous title reign ended in a 10th round knockout loss to Vasiliy Lomachenko in their competitive May 2018 WBA title fight. “This is the type fight I’ve wanted for quite a while.
“I have to give credit to Devin Haney as well. He didn’t have to take this fight but he chose to defend his title against me. He’s young, undefeated, strong and has a very clean style. He reminds me a little bit of how I used to fight before changing my style a little bit as I got older. This is the perfect opportunity and I plan to do my best in the ring to become world champion once again.”