Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney Decisions Undefeated Xolisani Ndongeni on ShoBox: The Next Generation
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
Shreveport, Louisiana (January 12th, 2019)– In the televised ShoBox: The Next Generation main event of an eight-bout card televised on USA Showtime, 21-0 Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney moved a step closer to a world title shot by winning a battle of lightweight prospects, winning a 10 round decision over 25-0 Xolisani Ndongeni, and claiming the World Boxing Council International Lightweight title, on Friday, January 11, 2018, at Stageworks, in Shreveport, Louisiana.
Haney, 21-0 with 13 knockouts, Las Vegas, Nevada, knocked Ndongeni down in the second round, and probably won nine of ten rounds over Ndongeni, now 25-1 with 13 knockouts, Duncan Village, Eastern Cape, South Africa. Haney walked Ndongeni with superior body shots all night, and overwhelmed him on the punch count. Despite being outclassed, Ndongeni tried, but wound up protecting himself defensively along the ropes with the ring cut off for most of the bout. Ndongeni finally began to tire in the final 15 seconds of the bout, whereupon Haney fell to the canvas at the bell while trying for the knockout. Haney, age 20, could be in line for a world title shot later in 2019.
Result: Devon Haney Win 10 Xolisani Ndongeni, Lightweights
Haney wins vacant World Boxing Council Lightweight title
Scoring: 100-89, 100-89, 99-90.
Ndongeni down in the second round. Haney slipped to the canvas as the bout ended. Referee: Bruce McDaniel
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Andre Byrd Win Split Decision 6 Blake Franklin, Welterweights
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