Jorge Linares placeholder image he was not at all impressed with the supposed punching power of Devin Haney, despite the defeat by unanimous decision this Saturday, May 29.
“I did notice his speed, but I don’t think he knows how to hit,” he confessed Linares to FightHub. “It just has good speed, but it doesn’t go beyond that.”
The Venezuelan made his comeback after 15 months of inactivity, so it was difficult for him to adapt in the first episodes.
However, in the end he could not against the strategy of Haney and ended up losing on the cards.
“The lack of activity was bad for me this time,” considered the Venezuelan. But I really felt good about what I did. His style was difficult for me because in the last rounds I just went back, back, back and then hugged. I already told my coaches that I want to come back stronger soon ”.
Linares surprised with a great combination in the 10th round that staggered Haney, but in the end the champion was able to stay on his feet and closed the fight from a distance and with constant hugs.
However, for the Venezuelan, the referee’s attitude had him worried and he thought it would take points away from him.
“In the ninth I had good opportunities, but when he came back after the tenth his strategy was just hugging, hugging and hugging,” he said. “The referee was too intense. I thought he was going to take stitches from me. But they know boxing is like that sometimes. I think I had a great fight, but the inactivity affected me too much. “
The cards declared a victory for Haney by 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113, a close fight despite the difference of 13 years between one fighter and another.
Finally, Linares He stressed that his power is greater than that of the American and that he wants a revenge, but he doubts that this will happen in the future.
“I have much greater power than him, after the sixth I punished him constantly,” he said. “I tell Golden boy give me a chance for a rematch, but Haney does not want to. I’m 100% sure he doesn’t want to ”.