- Devin Haney RTD-4 Zaur Abdullaev (3:00)
- Amanda Serrano UD-10 Heather Hardy (98-91, 98-91, 98-92)
- Michael Hunter UD-12 Sergey Kuzmin (117-110, 117-110, 117-110)
- Raymond Ford UD-4 Rafael Castillo (40-36, 40-36, 40-36)
- Christian Bermudez TKO-2 Jonathan Conde (1:56)
- Daniyar Yeleussinov TKO-1 Reshard Hicks (2:38)
- Murodjon Akhmadaliev TKO-4 Wilner Soto (1:56)
Round By Round
Devin Haney vs Zaur Abdullaev
Round 1: Abdullaev comes out to center ring and tries a jab to the body as Haney ties to counter. Jab comes from Haney but it falls short. Right hand from Haney grazes Abdullaev upstairs. Overhand right makes a little better contact for Haney this time. Jab lands clean for Haney, then another moments later. A third jab lands clean for Haney as Abdullaev mostly covers up with a split guard. Another jab lands clean for Haney. Haney continues to work his jab that is landing with pretty good frequency. Haney 10-9.
Round 2: Haney lands a lead jab to start the round. Another jab lands for Haney, followed by a right hand that follows it this time. Right hand from Haney grazes Abdullaev upstairs. Double jab comes from Haney as he pivots back to center ring. More jabs come from Haney and Abdullaev gets in one in return. Hard right hook lands to the body for Haney. Right hand lead lands for Haney, and Abdullaev hasn’t gotten much going yet. Haney doubles up on the left hook and lands a good one to the body. Sharp jab from Haney snaps Abdullaev’s head back. Haney 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Abdullaev misses on a jab to the body. Abdullaev walks forward and throws another jab to the body as Haney blocks it. Haney comes back with jabs upstairs and then lets go a combination. Double jab lands for Haney, who then ties up Abdullaev. Double left hook from Haney hits Abdullaev hard to the body. Jab lands for Haney again. Now Haney slips in a right uppercut. Haney throws two more power punches as Abdullaev covers up. Counter right hand lands well for Haney. Haney throws an uppercut and a straight right. Clean right hand to the body lands again for Haney. Abdullaev can barely get off because he’s overwhelmed by Haney’s hand speed. Haney 10-9.
Round 4: Haney throws three punches as Abdullaev blocks. Haney misses on a right uppercut but he dodges the counters from Abdullaev. Jab lands clean for Haney upstairs, Abdullaev is bleeding from his nose now. Right to the body lands again for Haney. Haney misses on a big right hand but follows it up with a left hook downstairs. Jab lands clean for Haney again as he continually pierces Abdullaev’s guard. Double left hook scores again for Haney to the head and body. Haney 10-9, 40-36.
Abdullaev appears to have a broken cheek bone and the fight was ended between rounds. Haney TKO-4.
Heather Hardy vs Amanda Serrano
Round 1: Serrano comes out quick and looks to land a big left hand. Serrano makes an impression on Hardy early with her speed and power. Serrano comes forward and throws a left hand to the body. Jab partially lands for Serrano, then a short combination. Hardy looks like she’s in trouble early. Serrano follows it up with a combination and Hardy looks overwhelmed by Serrano’s attack. Serrano throwing with both hands and Hardy can’t barely do anything but hold her hands up in defense. Hardy is in way over her head! Serrano 10-9.
Round 2: Hardy is bleeding already from her scalp in that first round. Doctor’s take a look at hardy to start the second. This shouldn’t go much longer. Serrano comes out stalking and lands a left hook upstairs. Serrano lands a lead right hook upstairs as she walks Hardy down. Straight left to the body from Serrano hurts Hardy. Hardy is retreating constantly and taking shot after shot from Serrano. Serrano continues to throw with both hands as Hardy tries to roll the punches at the very least. This is an extremely easy fight for Serrano. Serrano 10-9, 20-18.
Round 3: Hardy tries to lead with a couple of punches but this is really a last stand, I’d imagine. Check hook lands for Serrano, who then goes back down to the body with a left hand. Serrano falls short on a left hand upstairs. Serrano chaes Hardy to a corner and throws a couple of shots but keeps Hardy along the ropes as she continues to stalk. Left to the body lands for Serrano again. Serrano 10-9.
Round 4: It appears they’re going to let Hardy continue but she’s only able to fight completely defensively, really. Hardy actually comes out throwing more punches this round but isn’t looking to come forward. Serrano misses on a counter left hand looking to knock Hardy out. Check right hook lands for Serrano upstairs. Straight left hand lead lands for Serrano. Hardy tries to fire back and meet fire with fire but this is like a match to a flamethrower. Serrano 10-9, 40-36.
Round 5: Serrano parries an early jab from Hardy and Hardy tries to come in with a couple more punches but eats a clean body shot. Hardy is undeterred and showing a lot of heart for the beatdown she’s been taking in this fight. Right hand lands to the body for Hardy. Jab land for Hardy this time, Serrano gets in a left hand in return. Jab lands upstairs for Serrano Left hook, right hand partially lands for Hardy. I like Hardy in this round, she’s still here to fight. Hardy 10-9.
Round 6: Both fighters trade jabs to open the round. Hardy eats a counter left hand from Serrano. Jab lands for Serrano upstairs. Hardy throws three punches as Serrano tries to slip the shots. Serrano pressing forward again but walks into a shot fro Hardy. Serrano continues to stalk and flash the jab. Close round that I’ll edge to Serrano. Serrano 10-9, 59-55.
Round 7: Both fighters throw and land jabs to start the round. They continue to trade at center ring but Serrano is getting in the cleaner shots. Right hook lands for Serrano upstairs. Straight left hand lands to the body for Serrano. Straight left hand partially lands this time, then a left hook to the head. Serrano lands two hard shots to the body and Hardy tries to walk it off. Serrano tries to track her down and lands a hard straight left upstairs. Serrano 10-9.
Round 8: Serrano comes out on the attack and looks to land a left to the body tat misses. Hardy moving laterally as Serrano tries to walk her down. Left to the body lands for Serrano at center ring. Serrano slips and counters with a couple of shots that don’t land clean, but she continues to pour the pressure on Hardy. Two shot land for Hardy upstairs but they don’t have much sting on them. Clean left hand lands for Serrano to the head. Serrano 10-9, 79-73.
Round 9: Serrano attacks right away and Hardy is on the ropes to start the round. Serrano throws a body shot with a left hand down to the body. Another body shot lands for Serrano who continues to back Hardy up. Left hand lands to the chin of Hardy. Serrano digs back down to the body with a left hand and Hardy is taking some punishment. Hardy continues to throw when she can but her punches don’t have the conviction of Serrano’s. Clean right hook lands for Serrano. Serrano 10-9.
Round 10: Last round. Hardy misses on a right hand lead. Now hard lands a right hand upstairs. Serrano goes to the body with a straight left. Hardy lands another right hand upstairs and Serrano smiles. Serrano walks forward and Hardy turns her momentarily and lands a jab. Serrano comes back forward and strafes Hardy to the body. Hardy is retreating again but now stands at center ring and throws some punches. Serrano throws more punches as she comes forward to the final bell. Serrano 10-9, 99-91.
Michael Hunter vs Sergey Kuzmin
Round 1: Hunter falls short with a jab to the body, steps to the side and lands a light jab upstairs. Kuzmin tries a right hand but Hunter lands a right hand downstairs. Hunter leads with a right hand this time but Kuzmin blocks it. Kuzmin tries a right hand to the body this time. Hunter comes in with a couple punches as Kuzmin covers up. Two body shots land well for Hunter. Short combination comes from Hunter as Kuzmin covers up again. Jab lands for Kuzmin now. Hunter misses on a wide right hook upstairs. Kuzmin counters Hunter’s attack and makes an impression on the smaller Hunter. Clubbinf right hand partially lands for Kuzmin. Hunter lands a right hand upstairs. I actually think Kuzmin’s punches made a bigger impact on Hunter. Kuzmin 10-9.
Round 2: Hunter falls short on another jab to the body to start the round. Hunter loops a right hand behind the jab. One-two partially lands for Hunter. Kuzmin stalks forward behind a high guard as he tries to apply steady pressure on Hunter. Hunter jabs and then throws a right hand from a couple of different angles as he tries to keep Kuzmin off balance. Short right uppercut lands for Hunter, Kuzmin shakes his head. Hunter 10-9, 19-19.
Round 3: Kuzmin leads with a jab to the body and the fighters get into an exchange and Kuzmin knocks Hunter around a little. Hunter realizes he can’t go punch for punch with Kuzmin in exchanges so smirks and gets back to boxing. Kuzmin leans on Hunter’s neck and pushes him to the canvas. Hunter gets up and pops the jab but eats a clean left hook from Kuzmin, Hunter seemingly takes the shot pretty well. Right hand lands ovr the top for Kuzmin. Hunter starts showboating by holding his right hand up in an attempt to draw Kuzmin’s eyes away from his attack. Kuzmin doesn’t get distracted and steps into Hunter’s chest. Clean one-two lands for Hunter at the bell. Those last two shots steal the round for Hunter in my eyes. Hunter 10-9.
Round 4: Both fighters come out throwing punches right away and Hunter takes a step back and tries to establish his boxing. Right hand lands upstairs and to the body for Hunter. Right hand to the body lands for Kuzmin this time. Hunter starts throwing his jabs and then a clean right hand to the body. Jab lands for Hunter upstairs. Hunter goes back down to the body with a jab. Hunter lands a couple of body shots while in a clinch with Kuzmin. Clean left to the body lands for Hunter. Hunter 10-9, 39-37.
Round 5: Jab from Hunter gets blocked but he then lands a big hook and drops Kuzmin! Kuzmin gets up and leaves his hands down in a show of bravado for a moment. Hunter starts stepping to the side, looking for another clean shot to put Kuzmin back down. Hunter lands a right hand to the body, then two more. Kuzmin continues to stalk forward and lands a counter right over the top. Jab lands for Kuzmin this time as he looks to force an exchange with Hunter. Hunter tries to sneak in an uppercut but it doesn’t land clean. Hunter 10-8.
Round 6: Kuzmin stalks aggressively and walks into a jab from Hunter. Hunter throws a jab and then eats a left hook from Kuzmin. Hunter starts jabbing and moving again as he tries to stay off the line with Kuzmin. Double left hook comes from Hunter to the head and body. Kuzmin answers back with a left hand. Hard left to the body lands for Kuzmin and looks to have an effect on Hunter. Clean left hook lands for Hunter but Kuzmin barely even flinches. Hunter 10-9, 59-54.
Round 7: Kuzmin tries to pressure and walks into a jab from Hunter. Kuzmin misses as he loads up on a left hook. Hunter throws a left hook upstairs followed by a right hand. Kuzmin misses on a lead left hook. Kuzmin tries to lean on Hunters head again to wear on him and try to slow him down for a big shot. Both fighters trade hooks on the inside. Right hand lead from Hunter gets caught on Kuzmin’s guard. Three punches come from Hunter but Kuzmin gets in one in return. Hunter 10-9.
Round 8: Hunter starts the round with his jab and then uses lateral movement to keep Kuzmin’s feet moving and unable to plant for a big shot. Hunter slips a big right hand from Kuzmin. Kuzmin misses on a lead left hook. Right hand lands to the body for Kuzmin this time. Left hook lands to the body for Kuzmin now. Uppercut lands for Hunter but Kuzmin comes back with a coule of shots too. Another couple of shots land for Hunter as Kuzmin shakes his head. Three straight shots land for Kuzmin as Hunter starts showboating. Kuzmin 10-9.
Round 9: Kuzmin tries to throw a few shots but Hunter steals the play away with a couple punches. Right hand from Kuzmin glances off Hunter’s head. RIght uppercut partially lands to the body for Hunter. Hunter tries to go right back down to the body but Kuzmin walks through it. Left hook lands upstairs for Hunter. Double left hook lands for Hunter to the head and body. Hunter 10-9.
Round 10: Kuzmin lands a jab to open the round. Hunter comes back with a jab to the body, then head. Counter right hand falls a little short for Kuzmin. Hunter throws a combination as Kuzmin covers up on the inside. Two short body shots land on the inside for Hunter. Kuzmin continues to press forward but can’t mount any sustained attack. Hunter pops another jab and then steps to the side again. Hunter 10-9, 98-91.
Round 11: Jab lands for Hunter as he quickly starts moving to his right. Kuzmin continues to stalk behind his guard but can’t get off enough punches and can’t pin Hunter down. Left hook lands for Kuzmin this time, though. Short left hand lands in the clinch for Hunter. Two quick body shots land for Hunter before Kuzmin clinches again. Kuzmin lands a hook now during an exchange. Kuzmin leans on Hunter again and pushes him down to the canvas. Hunter 10-9.
Round 12: Kuzmin stalks Hunter and throws a right hand that Hunter is able to duck. Double jab comes from Kuzmin but Hunter manages to slip those punches as well. Short left hook lands on the inside for Hunter to the body. Left hook from Kuzmin lands upstairs and backs Hunter off. Hard left to the body lands for Kuzmin. A lot of clinching to end the round but I think Kuzmin takes this final round, even as Hunter tries to flurry in the waning moments. Kuzmin 10-9. I’ve got it scored for Hunter, 117-110.
Tonight starting at 7 pm ET live on DAZN in the US and Sky Sports in the UK, Devin Haney headlines a card from Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York, facing Zaur Abdullaev for the interim WBC lightweight title.
Wil Esco will be on the round by round call at 9 pm ET for the main card.
Haney, 20, is aiming to rocket to stardom sooner than later, a young fighter who has aggressively pushed and promoted himself before linking up with Matchroom and DAZN to take everything to the next level. He’s been all that was advertised thus far, but the 25-year-old Abdullaev is looking to break out, too, as he is fighting outside of Russia for the first time as a pro.
In the co-feature, Heather Hardy will face Amanda Serrano for the WBO featherweight title, as well as an interim WBC belt, with the winner — particularly if it’s Serrano — perhaps hoping to line up a bout with undisputed lightweight titleholder Katie Taylor later on. Neither Hardy nor Serrano are afraid to bring it, this should be an entertaining fight.
Heavyweight Michael Hunter takes on unbeaten Sergey Kuzmin in a fight where the winner might get into the top-level mix soon, and the loser will have to reevaluate. And the prelims feature returns for prospects Murodjon Akhmadaliev (who was supposed to fight super bantamweight titleholder Daniel Roman tonight), Daniyar Yeleussinov, and Ray Ford, plus the pro debut of Christian Bermudez.
Here’s the full card and run order:
Prelims (DAZN, 7:00 pm ET)
- Murodjon Akhmadaliev (6-0, 5 KO) vs Wilner Soto (22-6, 12 KO), featherweights, 8 rounds
- Daniyar Yeleussinov (7-0, 3 KO) vs Reshard Hicks (12-0-1, 6 KO), welterweights, 10 rounds
- Christian Bermudez (debut) vs Jonathan Conde (1-2, 1 KO), lightweights, 4 rounds
- Raymond Ford (3-0, 1 KO) vs Rafael Castillo (1-3, 0 KO), super bantamweights, 4 rounds
Main Card (DAZN, 9:00 pm ET)
- Michael Hunter (17-1, 12 KO) vs Sergey Kuzmin (15-0, 11 KO), heavyweights, 10 rounds
- Heather Hardy (22-0, 4 KO) vs Amanda Serrano (36-1-1, 27 KO), featherweights, 10 rounds
- Devin Haney (22-0, 14 KO) vs Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KO), lightweights, 12 rounds