WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney, who defeated Jorge Linares by unanimous decision the day before, asked the Venezuelan after the fight to compare his punching power with the power of Vasily Lomachenko, who stopped Linares ahead of schedule in 2018.
Linares: “I am very happy for you, glad that you gave me this great opportunity. This is the first time I have fought such an amazing boxer.”
Hayney: “What about my speed?”
Linares: “You were quick. I was too tight in the first five or six rounds.”
Hayney: “I knew that you would try to put pressure on me. I heard what you were talking about before the fight. You didn’t say exactly that, but you said a lot of words. So I wanted to try to put pressure on you first. How would you rate my power in comparison with Loma ? “
Linares: “You have the power. I love your jab, but you need to double it, use your doubles. You only used one jab. When I put pressure on you, you lost your balance a little. When you throw the jab, you have to do it again. One, two and three. “
Hayney: “I knew you were trying to catch me, so I switched. I jabbed and tricked and jabbed again. You’re a real champion.”