Devin Haney and JoJo Diaz collide for a shot at undisputed lightweight crown

The winner of the battle will be in line to take on George Kambosos Jr. who upset Teofimo Lopez to become the unified champion at 135lbs.

Joseph 'JoJo' Diaz says that people are sleeping on his speed, power and skills as he prepares to challenge Devin Haney for the WBC world lightweight title at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas this weekend.

Diaz, Jr. (32-1-1 15KOs) bids to become a two-weight World champion in Sin City, having previously come out on top in a Matchroom vs. Golden Boy fight when he took the IBF Super-Featherweight title from Tevin Farmer in Miami in January 2020.

The 29-year-old landed the interim WBC strap in his first fight at 135lbs in July against Javier Fortuna, and now takes on another big task in the shape of the undefeated green and gold belt holder Haney (26-0 15 KOs).

Diaz, Jr. has a clear edge in experience over the 23-year-old champion, with the 2012 Olympian having 101 more pro rounds under his belt than Haney, but Diaz Jr. says that wisdom isn't the only thing that gives him the edge over the defending king.

"Experience will be a key factor in my victory, but my power, speed and boxing ability are important too and I think that they are being underestimated," said Diaz, Jr.

"I'm a 2012 Olympian, I've been a World champion, I've boxed great fighters and I've paid my dues to get here. I'm here for a reason and from my hard work, and that's going to be the difference.

"Devin is an elusive and smart defensive fighter, but I don't feel he has the experience that I have. He has good range, and he uses his jab to keep on the outside, but it's nothing I haven't seen before, I've seen multiple styles in the ring and whatever he brings, I'll adapt.

"I feel that he's the kind of guy that doesn't have confidence in himself and he needs people around him to boost, build and gain his confidence. Me - I am self-confident, self-motivated, I know what I am doing and what I am capable of, and I am going to get him out of there."

Where and when?

The contest will take place at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on December 4 in the United States and December 5 for UK fans.

How to watch

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Haney living the American Dream

Haney meanwhile will fulfil a dream on Saturday night as he headlines at the MGM Grand Garden Arena against Diaz.

Haney (26-0 15 KOs) puts his title on the line for the fourth time and is in back-to-back fight in his Las Vegas hometown for the first time since stepping through the ropes in Sin City for the fifth and sixth times as a pro in 2016.

'The Dream's' fifth paid night in the ring was in the MGM Grand Garden Arena on the undercard of Manny Pacquiao's clash with Timothy Bradley in April, but now he's the star attraction at the famed boxing mecca.

"This is a dream come true to be living in Las Vegas and headlining the MGM Grand," said Haney. "I never thought that it would come this fast, but it's here and now it's time for me to really perform at this great arena and show that I am here to stay.

"It's going to be great to be back in front of fans in full force, there might not be anywhere better than the MGM Grand for a big fight, I'm so excited for this. I know what I am up against, and I am ready for it and the fans should be too.

"JoJo is a good fighter, he's going to come to fight, we know that. He's going to bring his best, I'm bringing mine. So, the best man will win - and that will be me. You can talk about size and heart, but I just feel that I am a better fighter than him and skills pay the bills.

"When fighters want to fight, it gets done. Sometimes the networks and the politics get in the way, but nine times out of ten, you can make any fighter as the fighters have the power.

"Everybody says 'I'm gonna bang Devin out'. I've been seeing that my whole life. Did I get this far by letting people rough me up or bang me out? Come on. I can do everything, so you can do whatever you want, it's not going to work. I don't know how you beat me; I can't tell you."

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