Unbeaten WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney and former super featherweight champion Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. are a month away from their encounter that will take place at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas but they were in the Venetian Hotel earlier today to get a gauge on their opponent ahead of time. Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) will be making the third defense of the WBC title months after his decision win over former champion Jorge Linares and is eager to step in with someone that is looking to become a two division titlist.
“I’ve been preparing for this fight for a while now, I’m so thankful that the fight finally came, and I just can’t wait to show JoJo Diaz, Jr. that he can be a dog, but at the end of the day skills pay the bills,” Haney said in today’s press conference. “If that’s his only approach that he’s going to dog me, come on I’ve been seeing that my whole career, if that’s his Plan A and I’m going to let him dog me, it’s going to be a long night.”
“I can’t overlook JoJo, I know he’s going to come to fight, he’s telling us that he’s coming in there to try and dog me out. I do feel like his style will be tailor made for me, there’s nothing that he can do to win.”
Haney has a size advantage over the California native and is confident that his skill level is much higher than his opponent.
“He can’t outbox me, I’ll show him he can’t out bang me, I have the size advantage, all the tools to win.”
Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KOs) has challenged for world titles at featherweight and super featherweight and has battled in a number of good fights against the likes of Andrew Cancio, Tevin Farmer, and scored a decision win over Javier Fortuna to get into this position.
“I know Devin Haney is a really skilled elusive fighter, but I’m a dog. I’m the type of person that has already been in there and dealt with that experience and adversity,” Diaz said. “I’m just going to go out there and do what I’ve got to do to become victorious, not matter what it takes. If he wants to try and box, I’m just going to hunt his ass down. If he wants to come and bang, I’m just going to bang it out as well.”
“I feel like I’m at my prime, I feel like I’ve already took all the steps I needed to take to be at this point in my life and my career. I feel like he doesn’t have the experience I have, and I feel that’s going to be the key factor to my victory come December 4th.”
Diaz has been a professional for nine years and feel like that is a factor in this fight coming up on December, and he gives credit to the abilities that the 22 year old has but believes that he will have enough to beat Haney.
“I know that Devin is a very skilled fighter and it’s going to be tough fight, he’s going to bring out the best in me and I’m going to bring out the best in him. At the end of the day, I know what I’m about and that there’s a lot at stake for me.”
Haney is thankful that a fight of this magnitude is taking place because he has been looking for challengers in the top tier in the lightweight division. He thinks that Diaz was reluctant to take this fight and it is because of the way he fights.
“JoJo wasn’t in a rush to fight me, I feel like we had to corner him to make him take the fight, all these other guys it’s the same thing. If JoJo didn’t take this fight the world would have known what it really was. December 4, they’re going to see.”