Devin Haney Dominates Zaur Abdullaev in New York
By Hector Franco | Senior Writer and Editor
Published: September 15, 2019
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – The jab has long been stated as being the most important punch in boxing.
The jab was on full display this past Friday the 13th at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden as Devin “The Dream” Haney (23-0, 15 KOs) put on a career-best performance against Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (11-1, 7 KOs).
Fighting for the first time in the United States Abdullaev is best known for winning a unanimous decision over former championship contender Henry Lundy in Russia in 2018.
Haney, who started his career in Mexico having fought in the country 10 times, wanted to make a statement against Abdullaev. The winner would be crowned the mandatory for current Lightweight king, Vasiliy Lomachenko.
The first round saw Haney immediately establish his jab. The jab allowed Haney to dictate the pace and distance in which the match would be fought.
Unfortunately for Abdullaev, the first round was just a preview of things to come.
In the proceeding rounds, Haney began to throw more punches while continually landing his jab.
Haney landed devastating body punches that kept Abdullaev from pressing forward. The body attack discouraged Abdullaev from throwing punches of his own, leaving him vulnerable to more attacks.
In between the third and fourth rounds, Abdullaev looked apathetic in his corner as his trainers pressed him to continue trying.
The fourth round was another dominant round for Haney who continued to pile up points landing almost any punch he threw.
With Abdullaev unable to mount an offense of his own, the bout began to resemble target practice.
After the fourth round, Abdullaev’s corner put a halt to the bout as their fighter had taken enough punishment. It was found that Abdullaev might have suffered from a fractured cheekbone.
With the victory, Haney was awarded the interim WBC Lightweight championship putting him in line to face Lomachenko in the future.
Haney at 20 years of age looks to have all the intangibles to not only be a future world champion but a superstar in the sport.
He has already started his own promotional company (Haney Promotions) and has the skills to be considered one of the best fighters in the world pound-for-pound.
Haney is likely to return to the ring this upcoming November.
(Featured Photo: Jose Miranda/Frontproof Media)