By Keith Idec
Devin Haney didn’t become the first fighter to knock out Juan Carlos Burgos on Friday night.
Other than that, though, the undefeated lightweight prospect performed impressively in their 10-round fight in Temecula, California. The 19-year-old Haney’s skill, hand speed, defense and athleticism completely neutralized the Mexican veteran, who had difficulty hitting Haney cleanly in the main event of a “ShoBox: The New Generation” tripleheader from Pechanga Resort & Casino.
Haney toyed with Burgos for much of their fight and won a unanimous decision.
Two judges, Sergio Caiz and Alejandro Rochin, scored each of the 10 rounds for Haney (100-90). Judge Edward Hernandez Sr. scored three rounds for Burgos (97-93).
Haney hurt Burgos in the fifth round, yet couldn’t finish the three-time world-championship challenger and didn’t hurt him again.
Las Vegas’ Haney improved to 20-0 (13 KOs). Tijuana’s Burgos, 30, lost for third time as a pro (33-3-2, 21 KOs).
William Haney, Devin’s father/trainer, urged him before the 10th round to stop Burgos, who previously lost only 12-round decisions to undefeated four-division champion Mikey Garcia and former WBC featherweight and WBC bantamweight champ Hozumi Hasegawa.
Haney hit him with plenty of shots during the 10th round, but Burgos finished the fight on his feet.
Haney hammered Burgos with several hard right hands during the second half of the ninth round. The swelling around Burgos’ left eye made it difficult for him to see Haney’s right hand coming, but he took those shots well.
Haney stuck and moved throughout the eighth round. Some in the crowd voiced their displeasure with Haney’s strategy for a second straight round.
Haney moved less early in the seventh round, when he stood in front of Burgos and hit him with an array of punches. Haney mostly moved over the final two minutes of the seventh round, which drew boos from the crowd.
Haney landed two right uppercuts and other right hands around the midway mark of the sixth round. He made Burgos miss wildly with a right hand later in the sixth.
By the fifth round, Haney was in complete command, toying with his veteran opponent. Haney hit Burgos with a right uppercut and then a left hook that hurt Burgos with just over 30 seconds to go in the fifth.
Burgos made it to the end of the fifth round.
Haney’s chopping right hand clipped Burgos with 1:35 left in the fourth round. The undefeated favorite landed a left hook several seconds later.
Haney spent the rest of the fourth round taking the fight to Burgos and hitting him with right hands and jabs.
Haney connected with a straight right hand and a jab in the first 40 seconds of the third round. Haney’s short right hand landed to the side of Burgos’ head and backed him into the ropes later in the third, but Burgos shook his head to inform Haney it didn’t hurt him.
Referee Zachary Young warned Burgos for hitting Haney low 40 seconds into the second round. Haney caught Burgos with a quick left hook when there were about 50 seconds to go in the second round.
Burgos landed a couple body shots toward the end of the second round.
Haney hit Burgos with a left hook about 1:15 into the fight. Burgos had trouble catching Haney flush in that round because Haney continually moved out of his punching range.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.