LAS VEGAS — Devin Haney will look to make the fourth defense of his WBC lightweight championship when he faces mandatory challenger Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. on Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden.
Haney returns to action six months after winning a unanimous decision against Jorge Linares. Diaz is making his third appearance in 2021 following a decision victory over Javier Fortuna in July and a majority draw against Shavkat Rakhimov in February.
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The fight will add clarity to a division that was shaken up by George Kambosos Jr.’s stunning victory over Teofimo Lopez to claim the WBA, WBO, IBF and WBC (Franchise) titles. But with Haney holding another version of the WBC championship, there remains a debate as to whether Kambosos is the true undisputed champion. It’s highly likely that the winner of Haney-Diaz will face Kambosos to provide finality.
Here’s everything you need to know about Haney vs. Diaz:
Devin Haney vs. JoJo Diaz Jr. live updates, highlights
(All times Eastern.)
9:56 p.m.: Up next is Montana Love, who returns after a seventh-round stoppage of Ivan Baranchyk in August on the undercard of Jake Paul vs. Tyron Woodley. He’ll have Carlos Diaz in front of him for his first fight under the Matchroom Boxing umbrella.
9:40 p.m.: Wyatt tried but she simply absorbed punishment from McCaskill, who pounded on her for every second of every round. There wasn’t much that McCaskill didn’t hit her with and before the seventh round started, it was clear that Wyatt needed to show something. She didn’t. McCaskill bumped her with a straight right hand and the referee had seen enough. McCaskill gets the seventh round TKO and we’ll see what’s next for the undisputed champion.
9:31 p.m.: Wyatt has been game through 4 rounds but McCaskill is just too sharp, too strong and too much. It’s a matter of whether McCaskill finishes off Wyatt or allows her to make it to the scorecards.
9:16 p.m.: Kandi Wyatt gets the opportunity of a lifetime next as she faces Jessica McCaskill for the undisputed women’s welterweight championship as a late replacement. Can she capitalize?
8:52 p.m.: We’re live from Las Vegas. Two fights down, two fights end inside the distance. Both Marc Castro and Filip Hrgovic wasted little time dispatching of their opposition. Hrgovic got rid of Emir Ahmatovic in the third round of a one-sided fight while Castro polished off Ronaldo Solis in the second round. We have time to kill now.
When is Devin Haney vs. JoJo Diaz Jr. tonight?
- Date: Saturday, Dec. 4
- Main card: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT
- Main event (approx.): 11:15 p.m. ET | 8:15 p.m. PT
The main card is set to get underway at 8 p.m. ET, with Haney and Diaz expected to make their way to the ring at approximately 11:15 p.m. As always with live fight cards, timing is subject to change depending on the length of the undercard bouts.
How to watch Devin Haney vs. JoJo Diaz Jr. fight
- U.S. & Canada: DAZN
- UK: DAZN
The fight card will be broadcast across the world on DAZN (excluding Croatia, Serbia, Montenegro, Kosovo, Bosnia & Herzegovina and Macedonia).
Devin Haney vs. JoJo Diaz Jr. fight card
- Devin Haney (c) vs. Joseph “JoJo” Diaz Jr. for Haney’s WBC lightweight title
- Montana Love vs. Carlos Diaz; super lightweights
- Jessica McCaskill def. Kandi Wyatt via 7th round TKO (:19) to retain undisputed women’s welterweight titles (:19)
- Filip Hrgovic def. Emir Ahmatovic via 4th round TKO
- Marc Castro def. Ronaldo Solis via 2nd round TKO