Devin Haney’s Dream: DAZN Madison Square Garden Preview
By Robert Brizel, Head Real Combat Media Boxing Correspondent
New York, NY (September 10th, 2019)– Five bouts will take place at Madison Square Garden Theater on September 13, 2019, with Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney, (22-0, 15 knockouts), Las Vegas, Nevada, facing Zaur Abdullaev, (11-0 with seven knockouts), Ekaterinburg, Russia, for the vacant interim World Boxing Council World Lightweight title. The winner will get a shot at 14-1 southpaw Ukrainian WBC, WBA and WBO World Lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko of Oxnard, California. Haney is favored to win the DAZN televised scheduled 12 round main event by a wide 12 round unanimous decision. Both combatants have a 63 percent knockout ratio. Haney has more professional experience than Abdullaev, while Abdullaev enjoys a slight height and reach advantage. That being the case, Haney will be slightly more cautious in securing this win. Abdullaev, the WBC Silver Lightweight titleholder, has won as 12 rounds, while Haney has won at 10 rounds twice. All in all, the most interesting matchup.
The dangerous and durable Amanda Serrano is favored to win by 10 round decision over the locally popular Heather Hardy in a scheduled 10 rounder for the interim WBC and Hardy’s WBO World Female Featherweight titles, two-minute rounds. The winner will get a shot at the full WBC World Female Lightweight champion Jelena Mrjenovich of Edmonton, Canada, who must win a nontitle bout with Marisol Corona, also on September 13, 2019, at the Shaw Conference Centre in Edmonton as well. Serrano is favored by 10 round decision or late-round stoppage over Hardy. Both have MMA experience, and Hardy, (22-0, 4 KOs). who is a hasty scrapper, might give Serrano, (36-1-1, 27 Kos) her first real run for her money in many years. Serrano is a threat in any female weight class, and represents Hardy’s first real test. This is a fantastic preliminary bout to the main event. Serrano has not seen and concrete opposition yet. Could it be Hardy? The outcome awaits. Female boxing, besides Claressa Shields, has not seen great popularity. Perhaps Hardy versus Serrano can bring female fight fans back into the seats. Heather Hardy and Amanda Serrano have been well-promoted. Female boxing has not been big money thus far.
WBA International heavyweight champion Michael Hunter will square off against WBA Inter-Continental champion Sergey Kuzmin in a crossroads 10 round heavyweight bout which could go either way. Hunter was in the wings to the last minute as an available Anthony Joshua opponent after Jarrell Miller was medically disqualified and Andy Ruiz got the nod, both before and after Ruiz got the Joshua bout. A win over Kuzmin could get Hunter a shot at the Ruiz-Joshua II winner, Deontay Wilder, Tyson Fury, Alexander Povetkln, Kubrat Pulev, Dillian Whyte, Adam Kownacki, Jarrell Miller, Joe Joyce, Daniel Dubois, or the Joseph Parker-Dereck Chisora winner. Hunter is predicted to win by split decision, or Kuzmin by knockout, with the better game plan deciding the ultimate outcome.
2016 Kazakhstan Olympic Gold Medalist Daniyar Yeleussinov, 7-0, Miami, Florida, buts his world championship aspirations on the line against 12-0-1 Reshard Hicks of Killeen, Texas, who has won at 10 rounds and could be a significant test for the Olympian. Yeleussenov is favored to win by decision.
11-1 Irish Lawrence James Fryers of Ireland will face 13-1-1 Wesley Ferrer of Brooklyn in a bout whose outcome is too close to call, but will probably go the distance. The bout is predicted to be a majority draw. A split decision or majority decision which could go either is also possible. A knockdown or two could affect scoring in this close bout.