Devin Haney denies having ‘glass jaw’, wants to beat Jojo Diaz worse than he’s ever been Boxing News 24/7

Through Jim Calfa: WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney says he wants to give Joseph ‘JoJo’ Diaz Jr a worse blow than anyone else gave him in their Dec. 4 fight on DAZN at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.

Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) wants to do a better job beating former IBF super featherweight champion JoJo Diaz Jr. (32-1-1, 15 KOs), worse than WBC featherweight champion Gary Russell Jr. did so in their fight in 2018.

Russell defeated Diaz Jr by a one-sided, 12-round unanimous decision. What Russell had going for him in this fight was his hand speed advantage.

He was much faster than JoJo Diaz, which allowed him to land at will the entire fight. Haney doesn’t have the same speed as Russell Jr., so it might not be as easy to beat JoJo.

Devin promises to beat JoJo

“What I want to do in this fight is beat JoJo Diaz worse than he’s ever been,” Haney told Fighthype during his fight against Diaz on December 4.

“He was beaten once by Gary Russell, and I want to beat him cleaner and better than anyone,” Haney said.

“I wanted to get the stop with Linares, and I knew he had been stopped in all of his previous losses.

“I came to myself, and I’m going to go out there and do what I’m doing. If they say something, they do it. If they don’t, they don’t.

“A fighter like Jojo Diaz went to the Olympics, and he’s been on top and been in some big fights,” Devin said.

Haney denies having a glass jaw

Devin says he was towering over 35-year-old Linares when he got “lazy” in the ninth round and was briefly injured last May.

Haney says he got out on the tenth round and got hit by the same type of shot and managed to pass without any problems.

What boxing critics noted about the performance was that Haney was forced to go through rounds nine, ten, eleven and twelve to avoid being knocked out by Linares.

Haney was repeatedly injured by shots in the Championship rounds, which made his 12-round decision victory lose some luster.

Haney’s consistent outfit during the championship rounds bothered fans, causing them to boo, making him look bad.

Hearing Haney explain what happened in the fight, it sounds like he was trying to downplay or whitewash what happened. There was nothing glorious or romantic about Haney’s performance against Linares.

He ended badly, and the only reason Haney wasn’t eliminated is because Linares let him hold on without a fight.

“I was winning the heats so easily and it was a lot easier than I thought,” Haney said of his fight against Jorge Linares earlier this year on May 29.

“So I kind of fell asleep in there, I was a little lax, and that’s what happens when you’re lax in the fighting game,” Haney continued, reflecting on the fact of being injured by Linares.

Devin says he showed he can take a punch

“Linares hit me with a good kick, woke me up, and now I’ve learned that winning rounds is easy, but it’s still a fight. You have to fight from the first to the 12th round.

“It definitely showed that I can take a punch. They say today that I have a ‘glass jaw’ or something, but he hit me right in the chin.

“I might have been injured, but he didn’t put me down and he didn’t come back to knock me out on the next lap. It shows how good my chin is

“I got out on the next round, and he hit me even more, and it didn’t do anything. It just showed I could shoot. They can say whatever they wanna say

“Let them say I was wrong to buckle up, I finished the fight, I got the job done and I’m moving on,” Haney said.