Devin Haney began his 2019 marketing campaign in model as he dominated beforehand unbeaten Xolisani Ndongeni en path to a 10-round unanimous choice in the principle occasion of ShoBox: The New Era at StageWorks on Friday in Shreveport, La.
The 20-year-old Haney (21-0), one of many hottest prospects in boxing, sought to make an instance of Ndongeni (25-1) and catapult himself into title competition. Though he wasn’t capable of safe the knockout, Haney put collectively a powerful efficiency that may put the light-weight division on discover.
“I am a f—ing contender,” Haney mentioned afterward. “I need these high guys. They actually can’t deny me.”
He could solely be 20, however Haney demonstrated the poise of a seasoned fighter towards Ndongeni. Though he sought the end, he by no means rushed in and positioned his punches whereas staying out of hurt’s method.
After sticking with a stiff jab within the opening body, Haney rocked Ndongeni with a tough three-punch mixture that was punctuated by a proper cross. As Haney went to his nook, he made it clear he was on the lookout for the end.
Within the second, Haney despatched Ndongeni to the canvas with a brilliantly positioned proper hook. Ndongeni acquired to his ft and proved to be extraordinarily sturdy by staying upright in the course of the 10-round battle.
Regardless of being picked aside, Ndongeni stayed aggressive. That method opened him to vicious counter proper arms and alternatives for Haney to complete the battle. After realizing that headhunting wouldn’t get the specified consequence, Haney dedicated to the physique within the second half of the battle.
A shot to the physique within the fifth harm Ndongeni and a sustained physique assault set his prey up for the autumn. Ndongeni refused to go down, nevertheless, and he gave all the pieces he had. Sadly, all the pieces he had wasn’t almost sufficient.
In racking up judges’ scores of 100-89, 99-90 and 100-89, Haney showcased a aspect of himself that’s downright scary for the remainder of the division. Whether or not meaning he shall be a world champion earlier than the tip of the 12 months stays to be seen, however he is proper about one factor: He can’t be denied.