- Haney vs Abdullaev goes Friday, September 13th at 7:00 pm EST
- Can Haney position himself for a world title shot at 20 years old?
- Can Abdullaev make his American debut in style?
Devin Haney vs Zaur Abdullaev is the top of the marquee for this Friday’s fight night. Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden Theatre in New York will play host to a great night of pugilism. Matchroom Boxing is promoting this card and Haney vs Abdullaev is one of three title fights on the card. The interim WBC lightweight title is on the line and two top-notch pugilists are scheduled for 12 rounds.
The event will be broadcast live on DAZN. Check out the fight odds and my bout breakdown below.
Haney vs Abdullaev Odds
*Odds taken 09/09/19
Haney has double the pro experience of Abdullaev. Devin Haney has been competing as a pro since he was 16 and took his first few fights in Mexico due to domestic age restrictions. Haney seems respectful of his opponent though and has described him as very technical.
He also said that Abdullaev has a style that can present some of the toughest fights. Haney is humble but the highly-touted rising star is also looking forward to showing out and putting out the best representation of Devin Haney possible.
Haney has been capturing intercontinental, North American, and international gold. The varying WBC, IBF, WBO, and WBA distinctions are jettisoning Haney to that world championship level. Abdullaev is making his US debut but has collected some hardware in his own right. His resume is bolstered by WBC and WBO Silver as well as Youth titles. This fight presents an intriguing make or break opportunity for both and marks the first true test for each competitor on a world title contender level.
Haney Gets it Done
Mikey Garcia vacated his WBC title and a plan was announced in May for a series of fights to determine a new lightweight king. Lomachenko got by Campbell a couple of weeks ago to capture the WBC lightweight title. This means that the winner of Haney vs Abdullaev should be the de facto number one contender for Loma. This is a fight that Haney is gunning for despite the mythos that has been developing around Lomachenko and how opponents enter the matrix while commenting against him.
Everyone is saying @Realdevinhaney is crazy for saying he can beat Loma this early in his career. Although that may be true, have to respect the confidence. This man backs away from noone #LOMA #devinhaney #Lomachenko #boxing pic.twitter.com/LG9IitlgSt
— Fight Bulletin (@FightBulletin) September 2, 2019
Some politics could potentially get in the way of that but in any event, this is a high profile prize fight. These are two top 15 ranked fighters, per Box Rec. Both have an identical 64-percent knockout rate. There are several aspects of this bout that are exciting.
There also could be a chip on the Abdullaev camp’s shoulder at play. Abdullaev’s camp seems bothered by promoter Eddie Hearn planning beyond this fight and looking towards Haney’s future pugilistic prospects. Zaur Abdullaev could potentially feel the same by proxy and could be preparing for a career-defining performance.
Haney vs Abdullaev Tale of the Tape
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Haney vs Abdullaev will be a good one but I see Haney getting it done. Haney is firing off on all cylinders, has faced a better quality of competition, and seems poised to take a follow-up fight on the Logan Paul vs KSI undercard. I see Haney getting a TKO stoppage inside of eight rounds. I think he solves the puzzle of Abdullaev during some early feeler rounds. He’ll up the volume into the middle and later rounds.
Pick: Haney (-2500)
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