At the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Saturday over DAZN Matchroom Boxing – Eddie Hearn presented WBC Lightweight World Champion Devin “The Dream” Haney returning to the ring after a year dominating for the most part former WBA & IBF Featherweight World Champion Yuriorkis Gamboa over 12 rounds in the Main Event.
In the Main Event WBC World Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney, 25-0 (15) #135, out of Las Vegas, NV, dominated Yuriorkis Gamboa, 30-4 (18), 135, of Cuba and Miami, FL, over 12 rounds to retain his title.
In the first four rounds the taller Haney had the edge using his jab and several lead rights to the chin of Gamboa. In the fifth and sixth rounds Gamboa made it more competitive but not enough to take the rounds. In the seventh and eighth rounds Haney used a jab, left hook and right to the chin rocking Gamboa.
In the eleventh round Gamboa had a point taken away for holding by referee Telis Assimenios. In the twelfth and final round Haney rocked Gamboa once with a right to the chin after a minute of the round but couldn’t drop Gamboa. He seemed to win every round but not impressively.
Scores were Fernando Barbosa 118-109 and Mike Ross and Michael Tate 120-107 as did this writer have it.
“I thought I did fine and wanted a knockout but he did a lot of holding. I knew him being a veteran could survive. I hit him with a lot of jabs. At times I did get a little reckless but he knew how to survive. I did get the rounds,” said Haney.
In the co-feature 2008 & 2012 Olympian heavyweight southpaw Zhieli “Big Bang” Zhang, 22-0 (17), #259.6, of China and Las Vegas, NV, knocked out 2004 Olympian Devin “Devastatin” Vargas, 22-7 (9), #233, of Sylvania, OH, at 1:49 of the second round of a 10.
In the first round Zhang rocked Vargas with a pair of lefts to the head. In the second round a right hook followed by a left on the chin of Vargas and down he went for the count from referee Frank Gentile.
IBF International Heavyweight champion Filip “El Animal” Hrgovic, 12-0 (10), #242.6, of Zagreb, CRO, stopped Rydell “Rock n’ Rye” Booker, 26-4 (13), #248, of Detroit, MI, 0:43 of the fifth round of a 10.
In the second round a chopping right from Hrgovic on the head of Booker and down he went near the end of the round for an 8-count. At the end of the fourth the referee warned Booker to start fighting or he would stop it. In the fifth round Hrgovic was landing punches unanswered forcing the referee Samuel Burgos to wisely wave it off. It was the first time Booker was stopped in his career.
Welterweight Reshat “The Albanian Bear” Mati, 8-0 (6), #146, of Staten Island, NY, stopped Marcos “Bombardero” Mojica, 17-6-2 (13), #146.4, of Managua, NIC, at 1:40 of the second round of a 6.
In the first round a left hook from Mati on the chin of Mojica dropped him inside the first minute for an 8-count. In the second round a left uppercut on the chin dropped Mojica a second time. Upon beating the count he was in no shape to continue by referee Samuel Burgos.
Featherweight southpaw Raymond “Savage” Ford, 7-0 (3), #125.8, of Camden, NJ, stopped Rafael “Guerrerito Rafita” Reyes, 18-11 (14), #123, of MEX and Clovis, NM, at 1:26 of the third of a 6.
In the first round a pair of lefts from southpaw Ford on the chin of Reyes and down he went for an 8-count halfway through the round. In the third round Ford scored a second knockdown with a flurry of punches on the chin of Reyes for another 8-count. Ford jumped on Reyes with a flurry of punches until referee Frank Gentile called a halt.
Super Lightweight southpaw Olympian Arthur “Chechen Wolf” Biyarslanov, 7-0 (6), #141, of Russia and Toronto, Ontario, CAN, stopped Juan Jose “Piquet” Martinez, 28-10 (20), #141.8, of Mexico City, MEX, 0:59 of the second of a 6.
In the first round a right hook from Biyarslanov to the side of the head of Martinez and down he went. Upon rising in no condition Martinez was halted by the referee Telis Assimeniost.
Super Bantamweight Darren “DC3” Cunningham, 12-0 (6), #122.6, of North Las Vegas, NV, defeated Juan Gabriel Medina, 11-5 (10), #121.4, of LaRomana, DR, over 6 rounds.