Devin “The Dream” Haney (21-0 13KOs) will take on Antonio Moran (24-3 17KOs) on Saturday, May 25th at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland. The fight will be aired live on DAZN in the USA and on Sky Sports in the UK.
Haney recently announced that he signed a co-promotional deal with Eddie Hearn’s Matchroom Boxing USA. He has said in the past that he has had many offers from many promotional companies, but until now he has been a free agent, promoting himself. In this deal he still gets to keep his promotional company and showcase his own stable of fighters. That’s quite impressive for any 20 year old. One has to respect the ambition there.
Haney is a rising star at lightweight, ranked high in all four major organizations (#4 WBC, #4 WBA, #9 IBF, #6 WBO). For the past couple of years, he’s been considered one of the top prospects in the sport. It’s time everyone starts calling him a top contender. He’s right in the mix of everything at the top of the lightweight division. First he has to get through Moran. He shouldn’t have too many problems, as both fighters are of a different pedigree.
Moran has won 4 of his last 5 fights by way of knockout, with the exception being his unanimous decision loss to Jose “Sniper” Pedraza (25-2, 12 KOs) back in June of last year. He will be coming into this fight like a shark with blood in the water. He will look for the knockout, but he will not find it. He will find a fighter standing across the ring from him with superior skills and a hunger that he’s never experienced in an opponent. Do not let this fool you. Moran is a tough out. He’s never been knocked out, and he will make the fight somewhat competitive early on. Haney is not known for his power but he has respectable power and can break guys down during the fight. At the very least he gives Moran a beating. The big question here is – can Moran hurt Haney?. Does he have the power to even make Haney flinch? Can he even land clean enough for us to find out?
This fight should not be close. Haney should put on a show, and I fully expect him to put on an absolute boxing clinic – methodically breaking down Moran, possibly handing him the first knockout loss of his career. If Haney does not score the knockout, just expect him to put a real beating on Moran. Haney should get some good experience from the fight and at least get some rounds in. Official prediction: Haney by TKO mid to late rounds.
This fight card is looking pretty stacked, as far as hardcore boxing fans are concerned. DAZN is definitely doing right by Devin Haney. The other fights on this card are as follows:
- WBC Super Lightweight Champ Jessica McCaskill (6-2, 3 KOs) vs WBA Super Lightweight Champ Anahi Sanchez (19-3, 11 KOs) – Super Lightweight Unification fight
- Filip Hrgovic (7-0, 5 KOs) vs Gregory Corbin (15-1, 9 KOs) – Heavyweight
- Michael Hunter (16-1, 11 KOs) vs Fabio Maldonado (26-2, 25 KOs) – Heavyweight
The undercard is set to begin at 5PM EST with the main card slated for a 7PM start, both on DAZN.