The main event for the most part went as you would expect, with Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0-0, 15KO) putting forth a sharp outing, defeating veteran Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4-0, 18KO), picking up valuable experience along the way en route to a unanimous decision.
Haney stuck to delivering to one of his idols a steady dose of jabs to establish distance as the rangier fighter in the ring. Gamboa often fought off the back foot, pop-shotting Devin occasionally. By the second round, Haney took full control of the ring-generalship, and had Gamboa fighting at his pace, and shuffling through tactics to try and get started.
By round three, Devin realized that Gamboa was a sucker for the jab to the body, right hand upstairs combination, as Gamboa constantly dropped his hands to pick off the jab, so Haney gave him a steady diet of that in the middle rounds. Haney’s jab as the rounds went on became more authoritative, stopping the mobile Gamboa in his tracks periodically. Gamboa’s aggression increased during the middle rounds, putting forth better results, but Haney was still out-gunning him in every area to tack on the points as the time passed.
Haney in round 7 started to let the power shots rip, landing blistering lead left hooks, and counter right crosses to split Yuriorkis guard. Down the stretch, Gamboa lost steam, while Haney started to land some mean combinations. Gamboa would survive to hear the 🛎️final bell, but the result was abundantly clear, Devin Haney won by Unanimous Decision, with two of the scorecards reflecting the shutout that was evident from people who watched the fight, and the third judge somehow finding a couple rounds to give to Gamboa.
WHAT DEVIN HANEY WANTS NEXT AND THE BIG HURDLE THAT HE NOW HAS TO LEAP
During the post-fight interview, he stated that he would like to have a fight with Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World Teofimo “Takeover” Lopez, citing that he has the rest of the belts. Certainly Haney has the skills needed for the big fights, but he will have to find a way around his low level of marketability, that hinders some one of his talent from getting future fights. With that being said, it is clear that Devin Haney is one of the top vanguard’s of boxings young generation coming up, and the future looks bright for him.