ShoBox: Devin Haney vs Juan Carlos Burgos
A 19-year phenom stepped into the bright lights in Temecula, CA at Pechanga Resort and casino with a record of 20-0, 13 KOs which was Unbeaten lightweight Devin Haney who also put on his promoter’s hat for this event as well under “Haney Promotions” and proclaimed that he is now the “NEW” Money. Devin Haney spent most of his boxing career in Mexico because it was the only place he could fight as a professional at a young age. On this night he showed his fast hand speed, was flashy at times channeling his inner Floyd Mayweather with the shoulder rolls, defensive guard.
Haney was expected to make a statement vs Burgos who took Mikey Garcia the distance, did the exact same thing happened here as they went the distance where the score cards read 100-90, 100-90, 97-93. He dominated most of the fight on the inside where many thought he wouldn’t go because Burgos worked the body on the inside but, Haney was game and willing to take inside where he viewed Burgos as “Soft”. Haney came close in I believe the 9th round where it looked like he could have finished the fight after a series of hooks that staggered Burgos to the ropes, breaking his nose but just couldn’t find the follow-up punches to finish the fight. At 135, it has two top stars at the top of the list Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia but he’s about two years away from getting a test from higher ranked fighters. It will come down to how quick showtime, coaches will want to push Haney.
On a side note in a rematch following a controversial fight we saw Thomas Mattice vs Zhora Hamazaryan which was a fight that seemed at times that it was going to be a tale of Jekyll and Hyde, because for 8 rounds it was see saw back and forth fight. Round after round these two left it all out there but as we got to the 8th, final round of this fight Thomas who just took the lead on the score card came out comfortable where this would be the swing round. If Thomas came out like he did in the 7th, fought the 8th like that this fight was his but came out lacking that killer instinct which allowed Zhora to take the final round. We went to the judges that scored the round 77-75 (Mattice), 77-75 (Zhora) and then the correct score was 76-76 that resulted this fight ending in a split draw.
“It was a great fight. I felt I won the last three rounds including the last one. I think I did enough to get the win, but I respect the judges’ decision.
“I fought really hard. He wanted a rematch. I gave him a rematch. I think it was a good fight.
“I went in, did my job and we’ve got a draw. If he wants a rematch, I’ll talk to my team. It’s up to them ultimately. We’ll go back to the drawing board and see what’s next.”
“I don’t agree with everything that happened tonight. I may not agree with the decision, but I’m thankful for the opportunity.
“I’ve been fighting for a long time. I’m tough on myself. Perhaps I didn’t do enough to get the win. I’ll have to make some adjustments. “With pleasure I’ll fight him again anytime. I’ll give him the rematch before the end of the year. Let’s do it, Canelo-GGG style.”
To start the night on showtime, the card started off with Cem Killic vs DeAndre Ware. This was a battle of nutrition because both guys were throwing punches at break neck speed. I felt bad for the compu stat guy sitting at ring side trying to keep up with the button smashing for how many punches these two were throwing while standing in the pocket. The final scores on this were 79-73,79-73 and 78-74 all for Killic but the real score was more like 77-75.
“I thought tonight’s performance was one of my best,” Kilic said. “He gave me eight hard rounds and a shout out to him. He’s a very good fighter with good skills. It was always a dream for me to be fighting on SHOWTIME as I watched other great fighters before me. I never thought that one day I’d be fighting on this network. I wanted to make my dream come true and it happened tonight and I’m so grateful it did.”
“I thought I did enough to win the fight, but no excuses,” Ware said. “It comes with the territory and know I have to work harder in the gym. I hope SHOWTIME gives me another opportunity, and I hope all the fans enjoyed it.”