Devin Haney will become mandatory challenger to the great Vasiliy Lomachenko when he beats Zaur Abdullaev tonight — from 2am on Saturday afternoon, live on Sky Sports Action.
Unbeaten duo Haney and Abdullaev will contest the winner and that the interim WBC lightweight title will challenge for the championship that Lomachenko won against Luke Campbell.
Haney remains just 20 but has emerged among the in the sport. His first four fights have been in Mexico because he could not get a licence in California. His combination of athleticism and punch power means he’s been recognized to Lomachenko, where he began his career, the maestro who is operating two branches above featherweight as a serious danger.
“This is a massive opportunity. This battle puts me one step closer to precisely where I want to be,” Haney said, that has assembled a 22-0 record.
“I will show you a small sample of what I’ll give Lomachenko. I shall show the world I’m ready for the top dogs”
Haney will even emerge as a potential opponent for Campbell, that fell short against Lomachenko but nevertheless intends to become a world champion.
First, California-born Haney must deal with the pressure of headlining at The Theatre in New York City’s Madison Square Garden from an opponent who doesn’t plan on playing with a supportive role.
Although he has not boxed out of his home country russia’s Abdullaev has won 11 of his own fights.
Heather Hardy defends her WBO featherweight championship against Amanda Serrano in one of the women’s boxing games of all time.
The winner comes with a struggle against Katie Taylor following year awaiting them first, local gratification is up for grabs between two New York friends who promised to only fight each other if the reward was big enough. Tonight that second arrives.
Serrano has won world titles in seven weight divisions and her only loss in 38 battles came. Hardy has racked up 22 wins and now has a significant opportunity with an even larger fight if she wins, looming against Taylor.
Heavyweight contenders collide when Michael Hunter and Sergey Kuzmin fight.
Both have enjoyed success over British soil – before Kuzmin forced David Price retire in his corner, Hunter pumped out Martin Bakole to declare himself as a threat in the division.
“The dude is bigger, stronger and has more experience. However, I want to prove myself,” said Hunter whose only defeat in 18 came against Oleksandr Usyk when they fulfilled 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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