Haney Punishes Abdullaev for Four Rounds
Rising lightweight contender Devin Haney once again put on an impressive performance, easily stopping Zaur Abdullaev to win the interim WBC lightweight title in the main event of a Matchroom Boxing USA card at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York City.
— Matchroom Boxing (@MatchroomBoxing) September 14, 2019
Haney used his speed and jab, consistently following it up with a right hand and stuck with the strategy throughout the fight. It worked, as Haney took control of the fight from the very start and never let up.
Haney busted up the Russian for four rounds before damage to Abdullaev’s nose and cheekbone forced the ringside physician to pull Abdullaev from the fight in the corner after the end of round four.
— DAZN USA (@DAZN_USA) September 14, 2019
HANEY WINS! 💥 The referee stops the fight at the end of the 4th round after a dominant display from @RealDevinHaney
Haney is now the WBC interim world champion and the mandatory challenger for Vasiliy Lomachenko's WBC belt 👀 pic.twitter.com/3ZcQYDAAXY
— Sky Sports Boxing (@SkySportsBoxing) September 14, 2019
The 20-year-old Haney has been eyeing a fight with Vasyl Lomachenko, who holds three of the four major lightweight boxing world titles. Lomachenko appears to be waiting on the winner of the December Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez IBF title fight for an undisputed title showdown. Haney, however, claims the Ukranian champion does not want to fight him, referring to him as “Nomachenko” in his post-fight interview.
As previously reported though, Haney is willing to defend his interim title in the meantime, and it is quite possible that he makes a quick turnaround and fights on the undercard of the November 9 KSI vs. Logan Paul card.
The rest of the main card saw Amanda Serrano claim the WBO female featherweight title in a one-sided routing of Heather Hardy, and Michael Hunter remain unbeaten at heavyweight with a decision win over Sergey Kuzmin.