NEW YORK (AP) — Devin Haney dominated from the start Friday night and stopped Zaur Abdullaev after four rounds to win their WBC interim lightweight bout that should catapult Haney to a fight with champion Vasyl Lomachenko.
Ring doctors ended the fight at the bell to start the fifth round, citing a suspected broken cheekbone for the Russian. He never challenged Haney and was blooded in the fourth.
Haney is 23-0 and it’s the 15th time he has stopped an opponent. He has made no secret that Lomachenko, considered by some the world’s best fighter, is on his radar.
Haney, 20, looked solid in his first bout at Madison Square Garden’s theater. His jab was quick and he landed several strong combinations in controlling the action.
Earlier, Amanda Serrano outclassed Heather Hardy with a relentless attack to take away the WBO women’s featherweight title and grab the WBC interim crown before a raucous crowd. They are two of America’s best women boxers, though Serrano was born in Puerto Rico. Both represent Brooklyn, and their fans turned out to loudly support them.
The bouts were streamed on DAZN.