Devin Haney and challenger Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. both weighed in successfully on Friday for Saturday’s fight at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
The 5’8″ Haney, 23, literally towered over the shorter 5’6″ Jojo Diaz Jr. during the face-off, even though only two inches separated the two. Devin looked much bigger in height and with his frame.
Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) weighed in at the lightweight limit at 135 lbs and looked good. It will be interesting to see how Diaz makes up for the height, reach, speed, and boxing ability that Haney possesses.
Devin wants to fight for undisputed
For Haney, a victory could open the door to him facing undisputed lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr. at the beginning of 2022.
As for former IBF super featherweight champion Jojo Diaz Jr, he says he would like to face WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis next
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“I just feel I’m more prepared, better skills, and I’m just a better overall fighter, and I will show that,” said Haney to Fighthype after the weigh-in.
“There might have been a little pushing, but he wouldn’t have wanted to take it too far.
“Just rest,” said Haney on what he plans on doing not until Saturday night. “The hard work is done. We’ve got the game plan together. Now we just rest up, get some more food, and rehydrate all the way and be ready for tomorrow.
“I feel good right now. And I feel like I could fight right now. I wouldn’t even have to eat no more or drink no more. I’m going to put a lot on him,” Haney said.
Jojo Diaz says he wants to beat Haney with volume punching and pressure. He’s going to attempt to overwhelm Haney with punches in hopes of outworking him on Saturday night.
iaz says that if he hurts Haney in the way that his last opponent Jorge Linares did last May, he won’t allow him to clinch his way out of the round.
Linares, 36, has more speed, size, and power than Jojo Diaz Jr.’s, so it’s going to be more difficult for him to replicate what he did against Haney.
Jojo Diaz doesn’t have much choice but to try and break Haneyw ith pressure and volume punching because if he tries to outbox him, it’s not going to work.