By Matt Horan
Last Updated: 14/09/19 5:20am
Devin Haney once again showed his star quality as he forced a stoppage of Zaur Abdullaev to win the WBC ‘Interim’ lightweight world title in New York.
‘The Dream’ was a class above the unbeaten Russian at the Madison Square Garden Theater, completely dominating proceedings before Abdullaev’s corner pulled their man out after four punishing rounds of action.
Having improving his record to 23-0, the 20-year old Haney went on to call out the WBC’s full champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.
It was a comfortable start for the Las Vegas-based lightweight, ‘The Dream’ quickly taking control of the opening rounds with a snapping ramrod jab, Abdullaev offering very little in response.
The visitor looked to initiate attacks in the third, walking his man down, but it proved to little avail, the home star countering with a lashing double-left attack to the body, a flash uppercut and two straight rights quickly following, every punch seeming to land with presumptuous ease.
After a minute’s interval, Haney, constantly peppering away with the jab, again walloped his increasingly reddening target with more savage right hands , the Russian’s knees sagging further throughout three torrid minutes.
Abdullaev went back to his corner after that fourth and his team decided to pull him out of the lightweight clash with a possible fractured cheekbone.
Haney confirmed afterwards that he will next fight on November 9 in Los Angeles.