Devin Haney doesn’t make the sensational and statement accent he’s been looking for.
However, “The Dream” completely dominated Yuriorkis Gamboa to come to a unified decision and defend his light WBC title on Saturday night. Judges at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida rated 120-107, 120-107 and 118-109 all in favor of Haney, who showed off his superior boxing skills. Gamboa in the match is about to end.
“I think I had a world-class performance,” Haney told DAZN’s Chris Mannix after his title defense, helping improve his performance to 25-0 with 15 KO. “Of course, I wanted the knockout, but he was a cunning veteran, he had to put in a lot of effort to survive.”
In the shy days of turning 22, Haney immediately took a stance against Gamboa by asserting his stab and rotating its position between body and head. That early strategy led Haney to initiate his attack and let loose with large right-hand hooks that caused Gamboa to shoot through his jaw through several scenes during the fight. Those blows of power paved the way for Gamboa to use to keep and transition into survival mode. Haney launched triple and four punch power combinations in search of a knockout in the tenth inning, to the point that Gamboa was overly holding the champion in the 11th half and being penalized by the referee.
Haney tried again to hunt for KO on day 12, but time was running out. He doesn’t get the knockout highlight like Gervonta Davis did last week with Leo Santa Cruz or against Gamboa last December, but Haney has offered a boxing clinic that should bet higher.
“I proved I’m here and I’m not going anywhere,” Haney continued after the fight. “Fighting someone like Gamboa is a stepping stone, but I’m here to take part in big battles. I want to fight the biggest for the best for me.”
He added: “There are a lot of big battles in the lightweight. Teofimo Lopez is the one who has the rest of the belt, so that’s the main fight I want to happen.”
A Lopez-Haney match will feature undisputed mild glory on the line.
Here’s how the entire Haney and Gamboa key cards unfold.
Match card results between Haney and Gamboa
- Devin Haney protested. Yuriorkis Gamboa passed a unanimous decision (120-107, 120-107, 118-109) to defend the WBC light title.
- Filip Hrgovic def. Rydell Booker is equal to TKO in the fifth inning; Heavyweight
- Zhilei Zhang def. Devin Vargas over TKO in round 4; Heavyweight
- Arthur Biyarslanov protested. Juan Jose Martinez by TKO first round; Base weight
- Mati def again. Marcos Mojica over to TKO round two; Welterweight
- Raymond Ford protested. Rafael Reyes by TKO third half; Featherweight
Devin Haney almost eliminated Yuriorkis Gamboa in a unanimous decision
The judges scoring 120-107, 120-107 and 118-109 all leaned toward Devin Haney, behind his radical dominance.
Round 12 Haney-Gamboa
Haney instructed to “bully” and beat Gamboa when entering the 12th and final inning. Gervonta Davis had a TKO round 12 of Gamboa last December. Can Haney do the same? He’s trying to put together some power shots. Oh! Haney momentarily shook Gamboa with great power. Gamboa returned to hold. Haney with another right to land. Haney with another clean right hand. The Gamboa is holding and is left with only 30 seconds left. 20 seconds. Ten. Haney will have a big crisis, but time is up. (10-9 Haney, 119-108 Haney)
Round 11 Haney-Gamboa
Let’s see if Haney makes it to the knockout stages. He is putting pressure and continues to push Gamboa down. Gamboa is using a lot of stocks. Haney just slipped to the right. References update a point from Gamboa by keeping too much. That holding is preventing Haney from blasting Gamboa with something spectacular. It is vital to Gamboa. (10-8 Haney, 109-99 Haney)
Round 10 Haney-Gamboa
Haney’s father and coach advised him to go back and touch Gamboa and “The Dream” is doing exactly that with his stab from very early. He’s planting upstairs work and sending it to Gamboa’s body. Haney with one to the left, before letting the line cut on fly. Haney is composed as possible while choosing the separate Gamboa and entering the game of challenge. (10-9 Haney, 99-91 Haney)
Round 9 Haney-Gamboa
Haney rushed up and dug one into the middle area of Gamboa. Champion complained to the ref that Gamboa was holding him. Gamboa quickly activated Haney’s body a few seconds later. (10-9 Haney, 89-82 Haney)
Round 8 Haney-Gamboa
Gamboa went to the corpse, but Haney pushed him down with some stabbing and hard shot upstairs. Haney impressed Gamboa with a large left hook that touched his jaw. Now Haney also connects manually. Practice clean, precise goals for Haney at this point. He’s more than domination. (10-9 Haney, 79-73 Haney)
Round 7 Haney-Gamboa
Haney rushed forward with a large hook on the left landing. And another. Now, “Dream” with a large hook on the right connects. How is Gamboa after these pictures? Gamboa replied immediately with a left, but couldn’t add much to that. (10-9 Haney, 69-64 Haney)
Round 6 Haney-Gamboa
Haney loosened his right hook upstairs, before returning to the left stab, which he was injuring Gamboa with. Left body from Gamboa and Haney answered with one sentence on the left. Gamboa frequently tied Haney, but Haney defeated Gamboa with body shots that made his right hand favorable. (10-9 Haney, 59-55 Haney)
Round 5 Haney-Gamboa
Gamboa put a left hook inside, as he pressured into the phone booth with Haney. However, the champion is taking control and asserting his stab once more to hold back the challenger. Gamboa chose his activities in this round. A much better round for him, when he also has power. Haney lowered a hook on the left side. Gamboa may have tried to do enough to get this round, but Haney is dominating so far. (10-9 Gamboa, 49-46 Haney)
Round 4 Haney-Gamboa
Haney seemed to get stronger with each round. Haney put the two levers on Gamboa’s body and then returned to the upper floor with that long thrust. He takes complete control and softens the Gamboa with an equal punch. Haney with a nice short right hook lands. And another one, before launching an upper cut and a right hook. Lead right hand from Haney now. The champion is building up his offense. Introduce stop action to warn Gamboa about punching at break. Haney immediately turned back to Gamboa’s body. (10-9 Haney, 40-36 Haney)
Round 3 Haney-Gamboa
Gamboa charged a little more aggressively, rushing forward. Big right hand from the land of Haney and Gamboa just eats it. The Gamboa was hunting and seeking that right, but was unable to land it effectively thanks to Haney’s movements. Haney wraps his right hook around the Gamboa guards under a few strings here. Haney was throwing his right hook at the body, as he was clearly looking for an over-the-top punch for massive damage. (10-9 Haney, 30-27 Haney)
Round 2 Haney-Gamboa
Haney used the stab to seek further, as he pumped to the left and tried to go backwards with a right hand strike. When he just missed, the champion immediately returned to stab him in the body. Haney skillfully alternates between moving his body and going up the stairs. And when he doesn’t, he is either counterattacking or ready to counterattack. The champion and challenger stared at each other as they rang the second bell. (10-9 Haney, 20-18 Haney)
Round 1 Haney-Gamboa
It wasn’t just a feeling of roundness, as Haney shot shots at her body and tried to assert her stab. He lays the groundwork to attack more, because he’s a more active fighter early on. (10-9 Haney)
Gamboa has walked on his ring and this is the champion, Haney
Both the champion and the challenger are in the ring and this match only lasts a few seconds.
Devin Haney vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa is a sequel!
In a few minutes Haney defended her WBC light title title during the main event from Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida and live on DAZN.
They have come a long way since this picture:
Hrgovic pours it into Booker’s fifth round TKO
Booker showed some signs of life by fighting in the early part of the game, but Hrgovic turned and hit Booker with punches. The Booker looks like a punching bag with legs here. Hrgovic with a few unanswered hits and that’s it. The ref saw enough and didn’t want to see Booker suffer any more punishment. Ended, when Hrgovic had TKO in the fifth inning. That is the right call, too, as Hrgovic’s one-way traffic is getting more and more overwhelming.
Hrgovic actually said to his friend Booker, “You’re too old!”
Hrgovic-Booker Round 4
Hrgovic is just pouring it over and punishing Booker. At this point, Booker should seriously consider stopping this fight. (10-9 Hrgovic, 40-35 Hrgovic)
Hrgovic-Booker Round 3
Hrgovic was just unloading at Booker with his right hand. Booker stood upright and was punched a lot without any noticeable movement. Hrgovic splits Booker’s guard with a right to go straight in the middle and he’s crushing the dash with his punch volume. He throws his punches wherever he wants, whether it’s precise shots of the body or head. (10-9 Hrgovic, 30-26 Hrgovic)
Hrgovic-Booker Round 2
Key Facts: Hrgovic-Booker Round 1
Hrgovic has become a more active fighter, as he wraps one around Booker’s guard. However, he was looking for that huge right hand. Moments later, Booker landed on his left. Hrgovic ended the first half by smashing him hard. (10-9 Hrgovic)