Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Abdullaev: Haney Fight Is A Great Opportunity To Prove Myself

By Jake Donovan

A formal announcement has yet to accompany the fight, but such a distinction is trivial to Zaur Abdullaev as it relates to his lightweight title eliminator versus Devin Haney.

The pair of unbeaten lightweights will meet for the right to determine the next mandatory challenger to the currently vacant World Boxing Council (WBC) lightweight title. A working date of September 13 has been offered, due to take place in Haney’s adopted hometown of Las Vegas, Nev. 

When and where it takes place never mattered to Russia’s Abdullaev, just that the fight is happening at all.

“We respect the WBC for (ordering the fight),” German Titov, Abdullaev’s promoter told BoxingScene.com. “We always knew they would honor their word.”

devin-haney (12)_3

The fight was ordered shortly after the sanctioning body greenlighted a vacant title fight between current mandatory challenger Luke Campbell and unified titlist Vasyl Lomachenko. The ruling took many by surprise, including Campbell’s promoter Eddie Hearn who has has Haney (22-0, 14KOs) and hoped to match together his two fighters for the vacant belt.

Such a fight, however, would have violated the WBC’s own rules since Abdullaev (11-0, 7KOs) was the number-two contender right behind Campbell. There was never a chance of his stepping aside, as the WBC honored his request to allow him to observe the holy season of Ramadan with the promise that he would be ready for a final eliminator.

“This is a great challenge for me, I’m very motivated,” Abdullaev told BoxingScene.com. “I’ve always wanted this fight and feel very confident. It’s a great opportunity to prove myself in a boxing city such as Las Vegas, where so many big fights have taken place.”

It’s a step up in class for the 25-year old from Russia, who scored a 10th round knockout of Humberto Martinez in his most recent start this past February. His best win to date remains a hard-fought 12-round decision over American veteran contender Hank Lundy last September, which helped him advance towards the top of the WBC lightweight rankings.

Haney’s rise to contention has captured far greater fanfare, as the 20-year old has been tabbed as a can’t-miss commodity since his pro debut less than four years ago. He made a huge splash in his first fight under Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA banner, scoring a highlight reel 7th round knockout of Antonio Moran this past May.

The bout also marked his debut on DAZN USA, which will stream this bout as well. Adding to the intrigue is that the winner will already know their next opponent ,since it comes two weeks before the August 31 clash between Campbell and Lomachenko.

It’s already prompted two unofficial predictions on the part of Team Abdullaev.

“We believe it’s a good thing that everyone will know beforehand who is next,” Titov theorizes. “A fight with Lomachenko will be far more interesting—we believe he’s the best boxer in the world pound-for-pound.

“But we think it’s better (for the September show) to know whom will meet the winner of Zaur vs. Haney in the ring next. It means more to fight a champion than just saying you’re fighting for a title.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by richardt on 07-17-2019

Seriously, Boxingscene needs to start matching the pictures with who the article is focused on!

Comment by richardt on 07-17-2019

When you look at Abdullaev's picture above, it is amazing how closely he resembles Haney.

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (2)
Top Headlines DiBella: Golovkin is 1-1 With Canelo, He's Not Wrong To Claim 2-0 Joshua: Until They Are Free, Don't Talk To Me About Wilder, Fury! Feargal McCrory Links Up With Andre Rozier's Havoc Team Golovkin: Let's Just Move On From Canelo & See What Happens Luis Feliciano Continues Rise, Decisions a Game Genaro Gamez Hearn Hits Back at Arum: Your Last Two Shows Sold 800 Tickets! Blair Cobbs Gets Off The Floor To Stop Steve Villalobos in Ninth Golden Boy DAZN Thursday Night Fights Results From Indio Vito Mielnicki Jr. Added To 9/20 Dutchover-Mattice Card Trainer: Don't Use GGG's Age as Excuse When Derevyanchenko Wins Photos: Vladimir Shishkin vs. DeAndre Ware - SHO Triple Weights Hearn: Ruiz Can't Moan About Neutral Venue For Joshua Rematch Photos: Filip Hrgovic, Mario Heredia - Face To Face in Mexico Photos: Juan Francisco Estrada, Dewayne Beamon - Face-Off Peter Quillin vs. Alfredo Angulo Finalized - September 21, FS1 Frank Sanchez vs. Victor Bisbal Added To Lara-Alvarez Card Michael Dutchover vs. Thomas Mattice - ShoBox Triple, 9/20 Feliciano: Sink Or Swim Time, No Way I'm Letting Puerto Rico Down Genaro Gamez: Golden Boy Deal is Dream Come True For Career Verdejo's Move To Break Away From Trainer/Manager Confirmed Fury: Luis Ortiz Was in His Prime 45 Years Ago - Can't Beat Wilder Omar Juarez Ready To Impress on PBC on FS1 Card Jaron Ennis Return - Highlights To Be Shown on Showtime Erislandy Lara: Me and Salas Are Picking Up Where We Left Off Golovkin, Hearn Make Their Partnership Official Tyson Fury Talks Wilder, Ruiz-Joshua, Saudi Arabia, Wallin, More Crawford: I Don't Need Spence; Going To HOF With Or Without Him Groves Warns: Don't Write Off Campbell in Lomachenko Fight BoxingScene.com's Television Pick of The Week - August 22 Lee McGregor Very Confident: I'll Beat Kash Farooq Andre Ward: I Think Sergey Kovalev Will Stop Anthony Yarde Late Peter Fury: If Joshua Uses Attributes, He Can Topple Andy Ruiz Photos: David Benavidez Surprises Kids at Local Boxing Gym Juan Francisco Estrada - Better in Act Two Fury Admits Wilder's Punch Was The Kind That Could Have Killed Lara Wants Hurd, Castano rematches After Ramon Alvarez Fight Luis Nery is Now Working With Eddy Reynoso as Trainer Tyson Fury: I Only Need One Hand To Beat Andy Ruiz! Photos: Feliciano vs. Gamez, Cobbs vs. Villalobos - Weights Brandon Figueroa vs. Javier Chacon - Undercard Information
Advertisement
Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement