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Devin Haney and Eddie Hearn challenge Joseph Diaz Jr to accept “same offer” he had to fight Ryan Garcia

Devin Haney and promoter Eddie Hearn threw out a formal challenge, and say there’s been a formal offer.

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Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Devin Haney and Joseph Diaz Jr have been Tweeting back-and-forth, but no fight has been made just yet, with Diaz now not fighting Ryan Garcia on Nov. 27 due to Garcia suffering a hand injury.

Haney will reportedly be back in early December. Previous reports said Dec. 3 or Dec. 10, which are Friday nights, and promoter Eddie Hearn said tonight that Dec. 4 in Las Vegas is on the table to face Diaz, which is what Haney (26-0, 15 KO) says he wants.

“I feel like that’s the fight to make. He’s my mandatory, he doesn’t have an opponent, I don’t have an opponent,” he said. “It all aligns. We sent him an offer today, so we’ll see what it happens.”

It has to be noted that Diaz (32-1-1, 15 KO) isn’t actually officially the mandatory challenger at the moment, though the WBC could formally order that.

“No one’s calling the name of Devin Haney. Do you believe you can beat him? If so, get in the ring with him,” Hearn added. “You’ve got a truckload of money (being offered), you’ve got no fight scheduled, you’ve got a chance to win the WBC world lightweight championship. This is the best lightweight in the world, unquestionably.”

Hearn continued, “Devin against JoJo Diaz is a great fight. JoJo’s a fighting man, and he’s going to look terrible if he doesn’t accept this fight. The same number that he agreed to fight Ryan Garcia. What is going on? The only way you do not accept this fight is if you don’t believe you can beat this man.”

Hearn said that a “formal offer” has been sent to Golden Boy Promotions and MTK Global, Diaz’s promoter and management company, and stressed that Diaz will “look real bad” if he doesn’t fight Haney.

“Let’s make the fight happen,” Haney said. “The fans want to see it. The world wants to see it. Let’s make it happen. I’m ready to go.”

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