Venue: MGM Grand Garden Arena
Devin Haney is expected to come through the fourth defence of his WBC lightweight title when facing Joseph Diaz in Las Vegas on Saturday.
The Dream has boxed his way to three straight points wins and can secure another decision against his mandatory challenger at the MGM Grand Garden Arena.
Punters can get 1.61 for the champion to come out on top on the judges’ scorecards and that is hard to oppose as our main Devin Haney vs Joseph Diaz prediction.
Devin Haney Odds
Haney was a Youth World Championships winner during a superb junior amateur career which featured 138 victories and only eight defeats.
The Californian turned pro at just 17 and teamed up with British promoter Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing camp in April 2019.
Five months later, he outclassed unbeaten Russian Zaur Abdullaev to claim the WBC interim lightweight title and was subsequently upgraded to a full title holder.
Alfredo Santiago and Yuriorkis Gamboa were brushed aside before a 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113 win over former three-weight world champion Jorge Linares.
That took Haney’s record to 26-0 and another triumph here would keep him on course for a mouth-watering unification clash with Teofimo Lopez.
On facing Diaz, he told DAZN: “I do feel like his style will be tailor made for me, there’s nothing he can do to win.
“He can’t outbox me and I’ll show him he can’t out-bang me. I have the size advantage, all the tools to win.”
Looking at the 1.17.
Joseph Diaz Betting Odds
Diaz competed at the 2012 Olympics in London before switching to the paid ranks and then winning his first 26 pro bouts.
Born in California, of Mexican descent, JoJo was unsuccessful when challenging long-time WBC featherweight champ Gary Russell, going down on points in May 2018.
He bounced back to claim the IBF super-featherweight belt from Tevin Farmer, securing a close but unanimous decision.
Diaz then failed to make the weight for his first defence before drawing against Shavkat Rakhimov at a revised limit.
Stepping up to lightweight was an obvious move and the 29-year-old was too good for Javier Fortuna in July.
Diaz declared: “I know Devin is a very skilled fighter and it’s going to be a tough fight; he’s going to bring out the best in me and I’m going to bring out the best in him.”
The underdog is hungry for success, durable and a solid technician, so 1.4 for this fight to go the full distance will feature in most Devin Haney vs Joseph Diaz betting tips.
However, we just feel Haney has the extra class to catch the judges’ eyes more often.
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