Haney wins interim WBC title, Serrano, Hunter win on DAZN
Haney makes case for Lomachenko fight
Undefeated lightweight contender Devin Haney (22-0, 140KOs) is now making a valid claim to contest for Vasyl Lomachenko’s WBC lightweight world title after defeating Zaur Abdullaev (11-1 7KOs) in the main event of a card taking place on Friday night at the Hulu Theater inside New York City’s Madison Square Garden.
Haney gave Abduallaev a one-sided beating from the start until the end of the bout, which came between the fourth and fifth round, when Abduallaev refused to answer the bell. Haney’s jab brutalized Abdullaev who fought out of one gear all night expecting pressure alone to win the bout.
Haney now holds the WBC interim lightweight world title
Serrano makes case for Katie Taylor
Two of the biggest names in women’s boxing over the past ten years did battle as seven-division world champion Amanda “The Real Deal” Serrano (37-1-1, 27 KOs) defeated previously unbeaten WBO female featherweight champion Heather “The Heat” Hardy (22-1, 4 KOs) by one-sided ten round beatdown. Serrano nearly stopped Hardy in the first round, but Hardy was game and tricky fighting her way back to make it all ten rounds.
The judges saw it 98-91, 98-91, 98-92.
Heavyweight Michael “The Bounty” Hunter (18-1 12 KOs) scored a twelve round unanimous decision over previously unbeaten Sergey Kuzmin (15-1 11 KOs) and winning Kuzmin’s WBA Intercontinental title. Hunter dropped Kuzmin in the fifth round and soundly outpointed him for the majority of the fight.
The judges saw it 117-100 on all three cards.
After the bout, Hunter asked to fight former world champion, Alexander Povetkin.
2016 Olympic gold medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov (8-0, 4 KOs) stopped Reshard Hicks (12-1-1, 6 KOs) in the first round at 2:28.
2016 Olympic bronze medalist Murodjon “MJ” Akmadeliav (7-0, 6 KOs) scored a fourth-round TKO of Wilner Soto (22-6, 12 KOs) in a super bantamweight bout. M.J. was originally supposed to fight unified champion Daniel Roman, but the fight fell through because of injury to Daniel Roman.
Heavyweight Magomedrasul Majidov (1-0, 1 KO) made a cautionary debut getting dropped in the second round only to stop Ed Fountain (12-7, 5 KOs) in round four. Majidov will need to improve from this fight at this level.
Super lightweight Wesley Ferrer (14-1-1, 7 KOs) won an eight-round unanimous decision over Larry Fryers (11-2, 4 KOs).
Super bantamweight Darren Cunningham (10-0, 5 KOs) of Devin Haney Promotions outpointed Jonathan Rivas (18-25-5, 6 KOs)
Lightweight Christian Bermudez laid out Jonathan Conde (1-3, 1 KO) with a second-round knockout.
Featherweight Ray “Savage” Ford (4-0, 1 KO) won a four-round unanimous decision over Rafael Castillo (1-4, 0 KOs).