Devin Haney, one of boxing’s most talented prospects, can soon become mandatory challenger into the Vasiliy Lomachenko when he defeats Zaur Abdullaev tonight — from 2am on Saturday afternoon, live on Sky Sports Action.
Unbeaten duo Haney and Abdullaev will contest the interim WBC lightweight title and the winner will struggle for the full tournament that Lomachenko won from Luke Campbell.
Haney remains only 20 but has rapidly emerged as one of the most exciting up-and-comers in the game. Because he could not get a licence in California his initial four battles were in Mexico. His combination of athleticism and punch electricity means he’s been identified to Lomachenko, by which he began his profession the maestro who is working two divisions above featherweight.
“That is a huge opportunity. This battle puts me one step closer to precisely where I want to be,” Haney said, that has built a 22-0 record.
“I will reveal to you a small sample of what I will give Lomachenko. I will show the world that I’m ready for the very best dogs.”
Haney will emerge as a potential opponent for Campbell, who dropped against Lomachenko but still aims to be a world champion.
California-born Haney has to deal of headlining in New York City’s Madison Square Garden against an opponent who does not plan on playing a supportive role with the strain.
Although he’s not yet boxed outside his home country, the Abdullaev of russia has won 11 of his fights.
Heather Hardy defends her WBO featherweight championship against Amanda Serrano in a few of the greatest women’s boxing games of all time.
The winner comes with a fight against Katie Taylor year but local pride is up for grabs between two New York friends who promised in case the reward was big enough to only fight each other. Tonight that second arrives.
Serrano has won world titles in seven weight divisions along with her loss in 38 battles came seven years back. Hardy has awakened 22 successive wins and today, aged 37, has a major opportunity with an even larger fight looming against Taylor if she wins.
Contenders collide when Michael Hunter and Sergey Kuzmin fight.
Both have enjoyed success on British land recently – Hunter knocked Martin Bakole out to announce himself as a hazard in the branch, before Kuzmin made David Price retire at his corner.
“The dude is larger, stronger and has more experience. However, I wish to show myself,” explained Hunter whose only defeat at 18 came from Oleksandr Usyk if they met as cruiserweights.
Saturday morning at 2am, live on Sky Sports Action – Devin Haney vs Zaur Abdullaev, Heather Hardy vs Amanda Serrano, Michael Hunter vs Sergey Kuzmin.
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