Devin Haney is ready for the biggest test of his career so far on Friday. Haney is set to defend his WBC lightweight strap against the always tough Joseph Diaz on DAZN.
While Haney’s title is on the line here, what’s at stake is what will be available to both fighters after the fight. With George Kambosos Jr.’s upset of Teofimo Lopez last Saturday, he holds all the cards at lightweight. With both Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis having big fights this weekend, whichever one proves more impressive may be next in line for the new champion.
With all that in mind, let’s take a look at the fight before Friday night’s DAZN card.
Devin Haney vs. Joseph Diaz: Prediction.
Joseph Diaz will absolutely give a good account of himself on Friday night. Haney is extremely active, has a good pop to his punches, and is a great technician in the ring.
However, where Haney has a big advantage over Diaz is the fact that he is comfortable fighting from his back. Diaz is a ring general at heart, and he’s not going to take a step back against Haney. The problem lies in the fact that Haney is fine fighting off his back and landing counter punches, and will likely take a more conservative approach here given his problems with Linares.
Joseph Diaz is an underdog in the betting, mainly due to Haney’s recent performance. However, “The Dream” has completely dominated the rest of the competition he has faced thus far. One bad night at the office shouldn’t be enough for him to be written off in the eyes of fans and the media.