One other weekend of boxing is in the books and we received your recap of the main action beginning with a powerful efficiency at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater on Friday night time from Devin “The Dream” Haney. It was an exhibition of expertise that left this correspondent firmly satisfied that the undefeated lightweight is a cross-over star within the making.
Coming off a Knockout of the Yr candidate victory over Antonio Moran earlier this yr, Haney seemed to take his profession to the subsequent degree by making himself a compulsory title defense for arguably the perfect pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, Vasiliy Lomachenko. Nevertheless, Haney needed to get past Russia’s unbeaten Zaur Abdullaev (11-1), who was anticipated to at the least supply a point of problem and resistance for the fighter they call “The Dream,” however this was not the case.
It did not take lengthy at all for the 20-year-old Las Vegas-based prospect to point out why he’s regarded by many as the most effective younger skills on the planet right now, if not the perfect. Haney showed large poise as he dissected Abdullaev from the opening bell, touchdown sharp, crisp punches nearly at will. In the fourth the match became a one-sided rout with the Russian’s face visibly busting up; it will later be revealed that both his nostril and cheekbone have been broken and on the finish of the round Abdullaev’s corner correctly halted the contest.
Afterwards, Haney didn’t hesitate to as soon as again demand a chance to face Lomachenko, the champion he has persistently been calling out for some time now. “I feel I stated his identify flawed,” stated Haney. “It’s ‘No-Machenko’! Because he doesn’t need to battle me! This is the WBC obligatory so ‘No-Machenko,’ c’mon man! Let’s get this battle going!”
In fact, it gained’t be that straightforward. Based on promoter Lou DiBella the winner of the upcoming match between Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez will face Lomachenko next yr. Haney understands and accepts that but on the similar time just isn’t content material with staying idle till “Hi-Tech” is out there, declaring he’s ready to compete as early as November 9 on the KSI-Logan Paul undercard if that can be organized.
“I went in there and took hardly any punishment. In fact I had a hard coaching camp, however I need to get back within the ring as soon as potential.”
For his part, Eddie Hearn loves the thought: “I feel it’s the absolute good viewers for Devin Haney. Tens of millions of younger individuals watching around the globe [who] need to see something that makes you go ‘wow.’ Fortunately we’ve one thing that makes you go ‘wow.’ And that’s Devin Haney.”
Certainly many in attendance on Friday night time have been saying “wow” when watching Haney do his factor towards Abdullaev. His dominance reminded some of when Floyd Mayweather Jr. made his pay-per-view debut towards Arturo Gatti in 2005 in a match that was woefully one-sided however on the similar time a powerful spectacle in sheer dominance, even for mainstream sports followers. It remains to be seen how Haney’s expertise interprets towards upper-echelon opposition, however the early returns recommend he is here for the long term and could quickly be a serious draw.
The co-feature bout of the Hulu card maybe stole the present, which is a theme when The Struggle City covers feminine boxing. In a much-anticipated bout that more than lived up to the hype, Amanda Serrano regained the WBO featherweight title by way of unanimous determination towards a particularly recreation and courageous Heather Hardy.
But the match virtually didn’t make it out of the opening three minutes when Serrano received off to a fast start and appeared a punch or two away from scoring a first spherical stoppage. Referee Michael Ortega almost stepped in to save lots of Hardy from a fusillade of blows in the first two minutes.
To her credit, Hardy survived and managed to work her approach back into the battle, even profitable a few of the middle rounds by out-dueling top-of-the-line feminine boxers on the earth. But the workmanlike effort and the cleaner punches of Serrano carried the match by a big margin, and she or he hammered out a victory by vast scores on all three judges’ cards. Your pleasant scribe scored the bout 98-91 for the winner, with a well-deserved two level round for Serrano in the opener.
Following the win, Serrano was quick to call out Katie Taylor, the star female champion promoted by Eddie Hearn. “Doesn’t matter the place it’s at or what weight,” declared Serrano, “I’m gonna win!” And in the post-fight press conference, Hearn expressed confidence that he might make the match at 135 pounds by early 2020. “Amanda signed for that battle before this struggle. [I believe it will happen] more like February or March.”
Hearn and DiBella even speculated on the likelihood that the match might be a headline attraction at the Garden. “That battle will promote out prematurely,” stated DiBella. “That battle will convey out the whole Irish population of New York and the complete Puerto Rican inhabitants of New York.”
Because ladies’s boxing, while rising in stature, attracts considerably much less money, megafights like Taylor vs Serrano don’t sit on the shelf and “marinate” for years on end. When Eddie Hearn and Lou DiBella sit collectively and say the battle will doubtless happen by March, it’s exhausting to doubt them. And despite the persistent naysayers, it’s indeniable that feminine boxing delivers the sort of fast-paced, quality action fans want.
Additionally on the Hulu Theater card, former cruiserweight title challenger Michael “The Bounty” Hunter scored a twelve round unanimous determination over previously unbeaten Russian heavyweight Sergiy Kuzmin. Hunter boxed properly all through, maintaining Kuzmin at range with the jab and touchdown some vicious punches downstairs, even scoring a knockdown in the fifth with a left hook. Kuzmin recovered and truly had some of his greatest rounds after that, but regardless of absorbing some massive photographs from the Russian, Hunter did not appear fazed and cruised to the win.
Also of notice, lightweight Christian Bermudez made his professional debut with a second round knockout of Jonathan Conde. The Brooklyn favorite survived some shaky moments in the first spherical, however nonetheless regrouped and took Conde out with an enormous left hook in spherical two. And eventually, 2016 Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov scored an emphatic first spherical stoppage over Reshard Hicks. Yeleussinov, a tall southpaw welterweight underneath the tutelage of veteran coach Derik Santos, is now Eight-Zero with 4 knockouts.
Shifting on to Saturday, beforehand undefeated heavyweight Oleksandr Teslenko suffered an upset TKO loss to Shawndell Terell Winters (12-2) in Brampton, Ontario on the newest United Boxing Promotions card. The extremely touted Teslenko is now 16-1.
In the meantime some slightly unusual stuff went down in Carson, California for the Golden Boy card that was alleged to be headlined by rising lightweight star Ryan “Kingry” Garcia (18-Zero). But Garcia’s scheduled adversary, Avery Sparrow (10-1), was arrested by police the day earlier than the show on an impressive cost and Garcia then refused any and all substitute opponents, though with simply at some point’s notice, who can blame him?
As an alternative of Garcia vs Sparrow, the primary occasion of the night time was Jaime Munguia (34-0) taking over Patrick Allotey in protection of his tremendous welterweight title. Coming off a less-than-impressive points win over Dennis Hogan in April that some felt should have gone the other approach, the undefeated Mexican was hoping for a extra conclusive end result, and while this was one thing of a mismatch, Munguia at the very least obtained the stoppage win. Allotey competed fairly nicely in the first two rounds but Munguia’s larger measurement was simply an excessive amount of and in round three the unheralded Ghanaian visited the canvas twice. A 3rd knockdown in spherical 4 prompted Allotey’s nook to signal surrender and the bout was stopped.
Additionally on the Golden Boy card, lightweight Romero Duno of the Philippines, who reportedly was provided to Garcia in its place opponent for Sparrow, impressed once more with a seventh spherical stoppage of Ivan Delgado (13-Three-2) to convey his document to 21-1. Despite the fact that Delgado was the larger man, Duno had the sting in power and energy and by round six his punches have been breaking the California native down. Within the seventh it was all Duno as he battered Delgado from one aspect of the ring to the opposite and at round’s finish Delgado’s corner stopped the battle.
Following the win Duno wore a t-shirt emblazoned with the words “Ryan Garcia Cease Operating!” and Garcia has since said that if the money is true, he can be pleased to battle Duno subsequent.
Turning now to the large Prime Rank card in Las Vegas, super bantamweight title-holder Emanuel Navarrete (29-1) appeared sharp and damaging again with a fourth spherical stoppage of Juan Miguel Elorde (28-2). To his credit, the gritty Elorde gave followers some wonderful action as he came proper at Navarrete and let his arms go. It was fast and fun but Navarrete was just too robust and highly effective, his left hook doing critical injury and scoring a knockdown in round three. In the fourth a left followed by a heavy right had Elorde in serious trouble and the referee wasted no time in stopping the bout. Navarrete is putting collectively a powerful run of title wins with back-to-back victories over Isaac Dogboe, a knockout of previously undefeated Francisco De Vaca, and now a dominant battering of Elorde.
Also on the undercard of Fury vs Wallin, a very vital duel of tremendous light-weight contenders saw Jose Pedraza put his high ranking on the road towards Jose Zepeda and, in a light upset, it was the southpaw Zepeda who prevailed by unanimous choice. It was not a particularly thrilling battle, but credit score to Zepeda for persistently beating Pedraza to the punch. “Sniper” appeared sluggish and Zepeda took full advantage and now’s in line for a 3rd shot at a world title.
And in the primary occasion, the Tyson Fury roadshow continued, this time with a Mexican theme, so maybe it was fitting that “The Gypsy King” needed to dig deep and battle “Mexican fashion” to remain undefeated towards beforehand little-known Otto Wallin (20-0). Fury was boxing in his typical herky-jerky fashion however a nasty minimize opened up in spherical three and utterly changed the tone and tempo of the bout. Wallin did his greatest to worsen the gash and had some success because of an unintentional headbutt in round 5, adopted by an intentional try and additional open the minimize together with his glove in round six.
Throughout the match Wallin, whereas never significantly threatening Fury, gave the person some regard as the lineal heavyweight champion of the world all he might deal with as he related with physique punches and labored nicely at occasions on the within. However he was harm in spherical seven by Fury’s right hand and “The Gypsy King” had control over the subsequent few rounds, thus cementing a factors win. Still, Wallin was never intimidated and by no means gave up. The southpaw greater than held his personal and even surprised Fury within the remaining round with a pair of flush left palms.
In the long run the judges scored the bout with room to spare for Fury, however the man who says he will battle Deontay Wilder for a second time this coming December was lucky the match wasn’t stopped because of the severity of the cuts above his eye. This was a blood-bath and it’s considerably shocking that the ringside physician wasn’t extra involved about Fury’s damage.
“I acquired caught early on and I couldn’t see out of my left eye. However I’m a gypsy warrior!” declared Fury.
“I didn’t get the scorecards however I did every little thing I might,” stated Wallin, who confirmed he deserves consideration as a legit heavyweight contender. “I attempted my greatest … [N]obody can query my heart and question that I’m an excellent fighter.”
Hopefully all the speak of a Fury vs Wilder rematch proves to be extra than just that, whereas it also appears doubtless we haven’t seen the last of the large Swede who gave “The Gypsy King” a bloody good struggle. Ought to Fury proceed his profitable ways, don’t be stunned if we see Fury vs Wallin II down the street. — Alden Chodash
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