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Devin Haney puts on the best performance of his career in win over Jo Jo Diaz Jr.; wants George Kambosos Jr. next for undisputed title

Devin Haney vs. Joseph Diaz Matchroom Boxing

LAS VEGAS — How would Devin Haney fare in his toughest test to date against Jo Jo Diaz?? Would he be looking ahead to a possible undisputed title fight versus George Kambosos Jr.? Would he make the same mistakes Teofimo Lopez did last weekend when he fought Kambosos?

The answer to the latter two questions was a definitive no, and Haney passed the test with flying colors and put on the best performance of his career in beating the former junior lightweight champion and 2012 Olympian via unanimous decision (117-111, 117-111, 116-112) to successfully retain the WBC title. DAZN News scored the fight 117-111 for Haney.

With the win, "The Dream" is ready for Kambosos. 

"Let's do it for all the belts. The real undisputed," Haney said in his post-fight interview. 

Notoriously known as a slow starter, Haney (27-0, 15 KOs) came right out and made Diaz realize he wasn't coming in to coast to a win and wanted to finish him. The 23-year-old showed everything in the arsenal. The jab was exceptional; his footwork was superb, and he was throwing power shots at will, and Diaz wasn't doing much about it. It seemed that Diaz was stuck in neutral and couldn't get going. 

Diaz (32-2-1, 15 KOs) finally started to get it going in the middle rounds and made it a fight. He said he was going to bring the dog out of Haney. He went on the inside, pounded the body, and made things difficult for Haney. 

Haney didn't circle and ride the bicycle. The 23-year-old stayed in the pocket, fought fire with fire, and didn't back it up. It almost caught up to him in the 12th and final round as Diaz stunned Haney with a left hand. But, Haney stayed composed, landed a short uppercut, and they fought to the final bell. 

In terms of what's next, Haney made it clear that he would go to Kambosos' native Australia for the chance to make history.

"I'll go to Jupiter if I have to," Haney said.

Here is what happened at Devin Haney vs. Jo Jo Diaz.

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Jessica McCaskill beats Kandi Wyatt to a pulp

McCaskill def. Wyatt via TKO at 0:19 of the seventh round to retain her Women's IBF, WBA (Super), WBC, WBO welterweight titles.

A spectacular performance by McCaskill. She dominated from start to finish. She threw in volume, connected on the harder shots. The end came when McCaskill unloaded a combination at the beginning of the seventh round and the referee had seen enough and waved it off. Wyatt didn't complain at all about the stoppage.

Give Wyatt credit. Proved she could take a shot but she got battered, bruised and bloodied up. 

McCaskill battering Wyatt

Through four rounds, it's all McCaskill. She's getting off first, landing the heavier shots and throwing combinations. She's busted Wyatt's nose wide open. Great showing thus far for the champion.

 

Undisputed Women's Welterweight title clash

Right now at Haney vs. Diaz is undisputed Women's Welterweight champion Jessica McCaskill (10-2, 3 KOs) putting her IBF, WBA (super), WBC and WBO women's welterweight titles on the line against Kandi Wyatt (10-3, 3 KOs). 

McCaskill is coming off two consecutive wins over the legendary Cecilia Breakhus. Wyatt is a late replacement but was already preparing for a fight.

Filip Hrgovic drops Ahmatovic three times to remain undefeated

Hrgovic def. Ahmatovic via TKO at 0:30 of the third round.

After dropping Ahmatovic twice in the second, Hrgovic wasted no time in the third. He uncorked a series of right hands to send Ahmatovic for the third and final time as the referee stopped the fight. 

It was just as expected from Hrgovic. He went in and took care of business. 

2022 is the year that Hrgovic needs to face a top contender and compete for a belt. 

Ahmatovic goes down twice in round two

Hrgovic is battering Ahmatovic. He unloaded a combination in the corner and a right sent Ahmatovic to the mat. Hrgovic didn't let up and pushed Ahmatovic into the same corner and threw another flurry with a chopping overhand sending Ahmatovic back down. 

It's only a matter of time before this beating ends. 

Filip Hrgovic time

Up next at Haney vs. Diaz is Fliip Hrgovic taking on Emir Ahmatovic (10-0, 7 KOs) facing Filip Hrgovic (13-0, 11 KOs) in heavyweight action.

This is nothing more than a stay busy fight for Hrgovic. 

Castro remains undefeated with another stoppage

Castro def. Solis via TKO at 0:43 of the second round.

Perhaps Castro regained his energy. Came out to begin the second and battered Solis every which way. A left pushed Solis into the ropes. Castro unloaded a right hand to send Solis to the canvas for the second time. The referee immediately waved it off and Castro runs his record to 5-0 with 5 KOs. 

The potential is definitely there. Need to see a bit more but that will take time.

Castro drops Solis

Castro overwhelmed Solis in the early going of the fight. Two left hands followed by an overhand right sends Solis to the canvas for the first time. Solis made it back to his feet. Solis had some moments in the remainder of the round, stopping Castro in his tracks. Castro looked a bit winded heading back into the corner. 

Main card opener

The Haney vs. Diaz main card opener begins with Marc Castro taking on Ronaldo Solis (4-2-1, 2 no-contests, 3 KOs) in lightweight action. Castro (4-0, 4 KOs) is coming off a sensational performance in October by stopping Angel Luna in the first round in his hometown of Fresno. 

Great reaction for Castro in his ring entrance and introduction.

Shawn Porter on the broadcast team

The former two-time welterweight champion and recently retired Shawn Porter joining this evening's broadcast.

Welcome

Welcome to DAZN News' live coverage of the WBC lightweight title fight between Devin haney and Jo Jo Diaz Jr. It's expected to be an exciting night of action and I'll have the updates from inside the MGM Grand Garden Arena.

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