Devin Haney Headlines a Stacked Card in September
By Jordan Victor
On September the 14th, Devin Haney will headline his second successive fight alongside new promoter Eddie Hearn (of Matchroom Boxing). However, this bout will undoubtedly be more problematic than his previous one, with Haney going up against the undefeated Russian Zaur Abdullaev in what will be a WBC final eliminator.
The winner is likely to go on to face the winner of Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Luke Campbell, a fight that will happen a few weeks prior.
Despite this big headline act, for me it is the loaded undercard that really stands out. With world title bouts and 50/50 contests, fans can expect nothing less than a classic night of fights.
In perhaps the most important bout of the evening, Daniel Roman will defend his IBF and WBA bantamweight titles against undefeated phenom Murodjon Akhmadaliev.
Since signing with Matchroom, Roman has really established himself as a P4P star in the boxing world. With sensational wins over Gavin McDonnell and TJ Doheny, the American became a unified champion for the first time. Many people have tipped Roman to possibly become undisputed champ in the future, however his next opponent could have a real chance at putting an end to all that talk.
Akhmadaliev is 6-0 as a pro and one of the hottest prospects in the sport. With his most notable achievement being an Olympic bronze medalist at Rio 2016. No doubt, the Azerbaijani native will see Roman as his path to superstardom. But first he must find a way to topple the WBA and IBF super bantamweight champion in Roman.
The undercard also features what will be one of the biggest fights in female boxing history. As 7-division world champion Amanda Serrano attempts to add the WBO featherweight world title to her already vast collection of belts.
But, it will be no easy task as defending champ Heather Hardy looks to get the biggest win of her boxing career. With notable wins over Shelly Vincent and Edina Kiss, victory over Serrano would definitely take Hardy’s career to the next level.
However, Serrano is arguably the greatest female boxer of all-time and will no doubt want to protect her crown in devastating fashion.
Both fighters are real veterans and it’s actually quite hard to pick a winner. Despite it being a real pick-em fight though, one thing is for sure and that is the bout being a massive showcase for female boxing.
Also on the card, two top surging heavyweight contenders will collide. As former cruiserweight world title challenger turned heavyweight Michael Hunter faces the undefeated Russian Sergey Kuzmin.
Since moving up to heavyweight, Hunter has surged through the rankings and brought himself to the top of the division.
With big KO wins over the likes of Martin Bakole and Alexander Ustinov, the American native will once again look to further advance his career.
In the opposing corner though will be amateur standout and undefeated Russian heavyweight Sergey Kuzmin. Although disappointing as of late Kuzmin is still a force to be reckoned with. After all one should not forget his destruction of top ranked heavyweight Joe Joyce in the amateur ranks a few years back.
This has the potential to be the fight of the night, with the winner likely being on the cusp of a shot at the heavyweight elite in the near future.