Saturday, January 12, 2019

Haney Defeats Ndongeni

Undefeated Lightweight contender Devin Hamey scored a dominant ten round unanimous decision over previously undefeated prospect Xolisani Ndongeni in the main event of Showtime Sports' first ShoBox card of 2019 on Friday night at Stageworks in Shreveport, LA. Haney scored a knockdown of Ndongeni in the second round with a right hand and appeared to be on the verge of stopping Ndongeni several times throughout the fight, but was unable to get the stoppage.

Despite being hurt throughout the fight and being outgunned, the native of South Africa Ndongeni was quite “Game” and was aggressive throughout. At the conclusion of the bout Haney had earned a convincing unanimous decision. Official scores were 100-88 (On two scorecards) and 99-90 all in favor of Haney.

Devin Haney advances to 21-0, with 13 Knockouts. Xolisani Ndongeni falls to 25-1, with 13 Knockouts.

In the Featherweight division undefeated prospect Ruben Villa scored an eight round unanimous decision over previously undefeated Ruben Cervera. Official scores were 80-72 (On all three official scorecards.) in favor of Villa. Ruben Villa advances to 15-0, with 5 Knockouts. Ruben Cervera falls to 10-1, with 9 Knockouts.

In the Heavyweight division, undefeated prospect Frank Sanchez scored a second round knockout over Willie Jake. After an uneventful first round, the second round was delayed for several minutes due to two of the ring ropes breaking and needing repair. After the long delay, Sanchez was able to floor Jake with a barrage of punches that did not seem to land cleanly, but a left hook might have gotten through which sent Jake down to the canvas. Official time of the stoppage was 2:59 of round two.

Frank Sanchez advances to 11-0, with 9 Knockouts. Willie Jake falls to 8-2-1, with 2 Knockouts.

Showtime’s ShoBox series has a long history of showcasing developing prospects that have often gone on to become world champions in the series eighteen year history. For the twenty year old native of San Francisco, CA Devin Haney, he could well be on the verge of adding his name to the long list of fighters who were showcased on the ShoBox series to go on to become a world champion. 

How soon Haney might challenge for a world championship remains to be seen, but with current rankings in the top ten in the World Boxing Association (WBA) and International Boxing Federation (IBF) in the 135lb. Lightweight division, an opportunity to fight for a world title might come sooner rather than later. If Haney continues to win and more specifically continues to win in impressive fashion, it would not surprise this observer to see him get that opportunity before the end of 2019.

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