Devin Haney is easily one of the most exciting young boxers in the sport today.
If the 20-year-old rising star is going to permanently transform his status from prospect to contender, Friday night will be the perfect opportunity. That’s when the “Dream” faces Zaur Abdullaev at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, with the WBC world interim lightweight title on the line. A win and Haney will become the mandatory challenger to unified world lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko’s WBC strap.
Although Top Rank’s Bob Arum will be pushing for Lomachenko to face the winner of an expected bout between IBF titleholder Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez first, Matchroom Boxing president Eddie Hearn has already said that Haney will call out Loma in the ring if victorious Friday night.
In fact, Haney isn’t waiting.
“I think [Lomachenko’s] acting like this isn’t a title eliminator,” Haney told DAZN News earlier in the week. “Me or Abdullaev really exist. But that’s OK. After this fight, we’re going to demand that fight, push for that fight and we’ll see what happens. After this fight, we’re in play for the Lomachenko fight.”
Haney further put Lomachenko on notice Wednesday, telling the Ukrainian’s manager, Egis Klimas, that “I’m gonna show you a sample of what I’m going to give Loma.”
Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) is coming off a scintillating seventh-round KO of Antonio Moran in May, knocking him out on his feet instantly via a devastating overhand right in a KO of the Year candidate.
Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs) scored a TKO of Humberto Martinez in February during his last bout.
Will the “Dream” dazzle again and get one step closer to Lomachenko or will Abdullaev shock the boxing world with an upset?
Follow Sporting News for all the live updates, fight results and highlights from the main card, beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
Live fight results
10:00 p.m.: We’re in the 10th round of this heavyweight tilt, with Hunter showing too much fluidity in his movement, working behind the jab and landing some nice combinations over the course of this bout.
9:47 p.m.: Hunter has dominated this fight through six, winning every round behind the jab. But he’s got to be careful, as the larger Kuzmin has the ability to change this fight with one punch.
9:40 p.m.: Hunter just landing too many clean shots through four rounds, digging into the body well that last round as well. And within the opening seconds of the fifth round, Hunter drops Kuzmin with a thud with a nice left hook. Kuzmin is up, though, and trying to work his way back into this bout.
9:22 p.m.: Sergey Kuzmin and Michael Hunter have made their way into the ring and this heavyweight tilt is about to start. Hunter is trained by former heavyweight world champion Hasim Rahman.
9:07 p.m.: WBO middleweight champion Demetrius Andrade speaking live on DAZN, saying he’s disappointed not getting Canelo Alvarez in the ring yet again, but respects him chasing boxing history by moving up two weight classes to face Sergey Kovalev for the Russian’s WBO light heavyweight title. Andrade adds that he’d welcome fighting in the co-feature of that Nov. 2 Canelo card.
9:00 p.m.: The bright lights are on at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden and the main card is about to begin.
8:40 p.m.: We’re in the last fight of the undercard, as Ray Ford is currently giving Rafael Castillo the business in featherweight action.
- Devin Haney vs. Zaur Abdullaev for vacant WBC world interim lightweight title
- Heather Hardy vs. Amanda Serrano for Hardy’s WBO women’s featherweight title
- Michael Hunter vs. Sergey Kuzmin; heavyweight
- Wesley Ferrer def. Larry Fryers by unanimous decision (80-72, 79-73, 79-73); welterweight
- Murodjon Akhmadaliev def. Wilner Soto via fourth-round TKO; junior featherweight
- Magomedrasul Majidov def. Ed Fountain by fourth-round TKO; heavyweight
- Raymond Ford def. Rafael Castillo via unanimous decision (40-36, 40-36, 40-36); featherweight
- Darren Cunningham def. Jonathan Lecona Rivas by unanimous decision (60-54, 60-54, 59-55); junior featherweight
- Daniyar Yeleussinov def. Reshard Hicks via first-round TKO; welterweight
- Christian Bermudez def. Jonathon Conde by second-round TKO; lightweight
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