Devin Haney UD-12 Jorge Linares
Devin Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his WBC title tonight, largely putting a masterclass performance over Jorge Linares (47-6, 29 KOs) by showcasing an educated jab and responsible defense to confuse largely the veteran wiley.
In fact, Haney clearly won the first nine rounds with his superior boxing before things took a somewhat dramatic turn late. In the 10th round, Linares landed a combination just at the bell, particularly a clean right hand on the chin, which made Haney stagger at the bell.
In subsequent rounds Haney’s disposition was clearly different as he repeatedly clung to Linares as it seemed his legs still hadn’t fully tucked under him. Although he held Linares over and over for most of the last three rounds, Haney was never warned of the tactics, but it surely pissed off the fans in attendance who booed the champion for good portions throughout. the footage, including during his post-fight interview. In the end, the official judges delivered a unanimous decision for Haney with scores of 116-112, 116-112 and 115-113. I scored the fight wider for Haney, 117-111.
In the aftermath of the fight, Haney claimed he was never injured in the fight and easily beat Linares, saying he was ready to unite against Teofimo Lopez if that was in the cards.
Chantelle Cameron TKO-5 Melissa Hernandez
Chantelle Cameron (14-0, 8 KOs) successfully defended her WBC title tonight on DAZN, completely dominating Melissa Hernandez (23-8, 7 KOs) over five rounds of action before the referee finally stepped in for stopping the fight at 1:38 or Round 5. The stopping itself came at a questionable time as Hernandez was still fighting back and didn’t appear to be in real immediate danger, but she was completely outclassed by a taller, younger champion. who did not come to play. Cameron was scoring big shots from the opening bell and dropped Hernandez once before the fight was over.
Jason Quigley MD-10 Shane Mosley Jr
In a good tied middleweight game, Jason Quigley (19-1, 14 KOs) and Shane Mosley Jr (17-4, 10 KOs) traded punches over 10 rounds of action. Both fighters had their moments and whenever one landed a good shot the other responded in kind. But by the end of the fight, Quigley had done just enough to get ahead of Mosley on the official judges’ scorecards, clinching a majority decision victory on scores of 95-95, 97-93, 96-94. Quigley made sure to recognize Mosley’s efforts in this fight knowing that the fight really could have gone either way, but was happy that things were going as they should as he collapsed from happiness. upon reading the decision.
Quigley said following the fight that although he knew the fight was close, he was not at all interested in pursuing a rematch and wanted to move on to bigger and better things in the future.
Azinga Fuzile TKO-7 Martin J. Ward
In a fight that started out smelly, things started to heat up in the middle of the rounds between these two junior lightweight weights who had good success both ways in a technical type fight. But things clearly changed in Fuzile’s favor with a few punches that landed harder in return, knocking down Ward. Ward would later appear to be hampered by a leg injury and Fuzile (15-1, 9 KOs) took full advantage in Round 7, sending Ward (24-2-2, 11 KOs) with a soft hook that ended the fight. The official save came at the 2:45 minute mark or round 7. With the win, Fuzile says he’s coming back strong in search of his next title.
Khalil Coe TKO-2 Nathaniel Tadd
In DAZN’s opener, light heavyweights Khalil Coe (1-0, 1 KO) made his short-lived professional debut, completely crushing Nathaniel Tadd en route to a second-round stoppage. Although Coe let Tadd down twice in the first round, Coe kept his cool, taking Tadd down and landing some fierce body shots that Tadd just couldn’t resist. And although Tadd barely got out of the first round, he wouldn’t have been so lucky in the second as he was hit with another clean body shot which knocked him down a third time and forced the referee to stop the fight. The official stop came at 1:10 of round 2.