Devin Haney vs Zaur Abdullaev
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Friday, September 13, 2019
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Sat, 2019-08-31 02:02
Re: Devin Haney vs Zaur Abdullaev
Great match up, battle of the unbeatens.
Haney is 22-0, was very impressive in his last fight, knocked out Antonio Moran in 7 rounds, he seems to be a very good prospect, seems to have a lot of potential, great future in boxing, but he is 20, he is not ready for the top fighters in any division. I think Haney is improving with every fight, 22 fights is a lot at this stage of his career, he had a good amateur career as well, turned pro at 17, but beat Nikita Ababiy and Ryan Garcia as an amateur, won 2 gold medals and a silver at the US junior national championships. I think Haney has the potential to be a very good fighter, maybe even a great fighter, but he is not in his prime yet, needs more fights, there is no doubt about that, I think this is the toughest fight of his career so far.
Abdullaev is 11-0, not a lot of fights, but he beat Henry Lundy last year, by a wide UD, probably his best win. Abdullaev has been fairly dominant overall, but he went 12 and lost a few rounds against Lundy and Deiner Berrio, Lundy was very old, well past his best, and Berrio, not world level, he probably learned a lot from those fights, improved, Abdullaev, but he might not have potential at world level. Abdullaev was not a bad amateur, was in the Russian Junior Nationals, also the European Youth championships, and he had a couple of WSB fights before turning professional, so he isn't too inexperienced. Abdullaev is 25, probably a year or two away from his prime.
I think Haney has potential which is on higher level than Abdullaev has, he has more skills, hits harder, and might be more experienced even though he is only 20, but Abdullaev has been 12 rounds, Haney hasn't been past 10 rounds, and I don't think Haney has any wins as good as Abdullaev's win over Lundy, Abdullaev is also closer to his prime than Haney is to his, so he shouldn't be written off, Abdullaev.
I think this will be a fairly competitive fight, but probably not close, I think Haney will go 12 rounds, won't make a statement, and this fight will prove he still has a bit to learn. I think Haney wins a UD, at least 116-112, maybe even 118-110.