Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Photos: Devin Haney Batters, Stops Mason Menard

By Francisco Salazar (photos by Stephanie Trapp)

Lightweight Devin Haney dominated Mason Menard through nine rounds, earning a knockout victory over the fringe contender Friday night at the 2300 Arena in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

haney-menard-fight (9)

The fight was a crossroads clash between the young, unbeaten Haney and Menard, who is best known for his highlight-reel knockout of Eudy Bernardo in March of 2016.

haney-menard-fight (14)

Haney (19-0, 13 knockouts), who lives and trains in Las Vegas, spent the early part of the fight fighting from the outside, landing one-two punch combinations behind a jab.

haney-menard-fight (15)

By the fourth round, Menard (33-3, 24 KOs) closed the distance, landing lead right hands to the head of Haney. The rally was short-lived, as Haney returned to keeping his distance and repeatedly connecting to the head and body of Menard.

haney-menard-fight (18)

As the bout proceeded into the second half, Haney made key adjustments by mixing his attack. Menard would initiate exchanges or would counter Menard with right hands to the head.

haney-menard-fight (17)

The pace of the fight slowed considerably going into the final two rounds. Menard attempted to walk Haney down, but the 19-year-old continued to rip punches to the Menard's head.

haney-menard-fight (10)

After the end of the ninth round, Menard's corner told referee Gary Rosato to stop the fight, sparing Menard from further punishment.

The punch shat numbers reflected the one-sided action. Haney landed 143 of 425 total punches, while Menard connected on 50 out of 218 punches.

haney-menard-fight (13)

In the co-main event bout, junior featherweight Joshua Greer, Jr. stopped Glenn Dezurn in the eighth round.

From the opening bell, Greer was on the attack, backing Dezurn up against the ropes, throwing and landing vicious punches. A hard right hand momentarily staggered Dezurn midway through the second round, but Greer was unable to follow up.

haney-menard-fight (11)

Dezurn (9-2-1, 6 KOs) began to hold his ground midway through the fight, choosing to fight on the inside in an attempt to smother Greer's punches and to connect to the body.

The tactic worked until round eight when Greer hurt Dezurn with a right hand to the head, dropping him with another right hand to the head moments later. Dezurn attempted to fight back off the ropes as Greer went in for the kill. Greer landed at will, prompting referee Benji Esteves at 1:47.

haney-menard-fight (12)

Greer (17-1-1, 9 KOs), who resides in Chicago, Illinois, has now won his last 14 bouts.

In a battle of unbeaten light heavyweights, Charles Foster (16-0, 8 KOs) won an eight round unanimous decision over Alvin Varnall, Jr.

The southpaw Foster, who resides in New Haven, Connecticut, was the more effective boxer throughout most of the fight.

haney-menard-fight (8)

Varnall (15-1-1, 12 KOs) spent most of the fight attempting to walk Foster down, but would get countered repeatedly, eating numerous uppercuts to the head in the process. Varnall did find some success on the inside, but he would fight in spurts as the bout progressed.

Scores were 79-73, 78-74, and 77-75 in favor of Foster.

haney-menard-fight (7)

In the opening bout of the 'ShoBox' telecast, junior featherweight Arnold Khegai remained unbeaten with an eight round unanimous decision over Adam Lopez.

Khegai, who is of Korean descent and resides in Odessa, Ukraine, was the busier and more effective fighter early on. A counter right hand to the top of the head in round two staggered Lopez back into a corner, but Khegai was unable to follow up.

haney-menard-fight (4)

Lopez, who is trained by former world junior lightweight titleholder Carlos Hernandez, seemed to swing momentum his way in round six, increasing his punch output and missing his attack to the head and body. Referee Benji Esteves deducted a point from Khegai for repeatedly landing punches behind Lopez's head.

haney-menard-fight (3)

Lopez was at his best when he closed the distance and initiated exchanges during the second half of the fight, but he had dug himself a hole early on in the fight after losing the first five rounds of the fight.

Scores were 77-74, 77-74, and 78-73 in favor of Khegai, who improves to 12-0-1, 8 KOs. Lopez (16-3-2, 8 KOs) is now winless in his last four bouts.

haney-menard-fight (5)

haney-menard-fight (19)

haney-menard-fight (20)

haney-menard-fight (2)

Francisco A. Salazar has written for Boxingscene.com since September of 2012 and has covered boxing in Southern California and abroad since 2000. He can be reached by email at [email protected] or on Twitter at FSalazarBoxing  

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by suffolkbull3 on 05-12-2018

Heres my problem with Haney.. The boy is 19 and looked awesome last night.. I can easily see him becoming a huge ppv star in the future but he reminds me too much of floyd which means we would all…

Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 05-12-2018

[QUOTE=Pound4PoundStud;18763272]He may have had a few moments in the fight that showed some flaws but overall he put on a real boxing clinic. His footwork was anything but "sloppy". The kids has amazing talent and will only get better.[/QUOTE] False.…

Comment by Pound4PoundStud on 05-12-2018

[QUOTE=BOXING-SCRIBE;18762924]A lot of hand speed, a lot of foot speed, but a bit sloppy with his foot work, he seems wobbly. Not sure if I'm sold[/QUOTE] He may have had a few moments in the fight that showed some flaws…

Comment by BOXING-SCRIBE on 05-12-2018

A lot of hand speed, a lot of foot speed, but a bit sloppy with his foot work, he seems wobbly. Not sure if I'm sold

Comment by Tricky-Pablo on 05-12-2018

Bright future this Haney!!

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (6)
Top Headlines Tyson Fury Vows To "Spank Deontay Wilder All Over Las Vegas!" David Allen Draws Up a 5 Man Hit-List: Price, Browne, Helenius Wilder: Joshua Damaged Name in U.S., I'll KO Fury in Mid-Rounds Paddy Barnes: Rosales Fight Will Define Me, Define My Career Jessie Vargas: I Can Face Broner in Rematch, Lamont Peterson British Title News: Askin-Okolie, Heffron, Skeete-Corcoran, More Video: Austin Trout Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Charlo, More Holmes emerging from brother's shadow with promotional push Roy Jones: Bivol Needs One or Two More Fights Before Alvarez Lebedev vs. Altunkaya on Sept. 7, Mikhalkin vs. Siaca on Sept. 15 Ruben Villa Back in Action on August 24 at The Doubletree Hotel Photos: Mayweather's Back To School Charity Draws Over 1,000 Lennox Lewis: Fury More Difficult To Beat Than Wilder, Joshua Wilder: Fury Will Be Tougher Fight For Me Than People Think Oscar Valdez Leaves Robles, Hires Eddy Reynoso as Trainer Max Ornelas Continues Streak With Win Over Tabugan Canelo Reacts To Critics: They Just Talk For The Sake of Talking Dadashev-DeMarco, Herring-Moralde Finalized For ESPN Card Nikita Ababiy Set To Make Pro Debut on Vargas-Dulorme Carlos Baldomir Facing 20 Years in Sex Abuse Case Ryota Murata vs. Robert Brant Purse Bid Won By Greg Cohen Charles Martin: Joshua Never Saw Me, I'm Getting My Belt Back! Canelo-Golovkin Rematch: Closed Circuit Ticket Information Deontay Wilder Set For Belfast Ringside Berth WBC Welterweight Tournament - Training Camp Notes Nkosi Solomon Makes Pro Debut on Vargas-Dulorme Card Amir Khan: I'm a Totally Different Fighter Now To The Old Me Ruben Guerrero Sees Garcia vs. Porter as a 50-50 Fight Munguia on Hurd: Whenever He Wants To Fight - I am Ready! Golovkin Welcomes War With Canelo: He's NOT a Heavy Puncher Groves: Smith Never Fought at High Level, Struggled in WBSS! Kell Brook Can Go Straight Into a Major Fight, Says Hobson Frampton's Coach: Jackson Made a Big Mistake Talking Rubbish Carl Frampton: I Really Want To Do a Number on Jackson Fury on Wilder Fight - It's Marvelous That Hearn Ain't Involved Canelo's Coach: Sanchez Can Keep Talking, He's Not Fighting Lucas Browne is Pushing For a Joseph Parker Showdown DAZN's Entry Into Boxing Creates Healthy Broadcaster Competition Fury: I'm Thinking About Knocking Deontay Wilder Spark Out! Kal Yafai Still Hopes To Secure Roman Gonzalez Showdown
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement