Devin Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) managed the first defence of his WBC lightweight belt by winning a broad unanimous decision over Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-4, 18 KOs). The judges returned cards 118-109 and 120-107 twice.
Gamboa, a former champion in the feathers, had a hard time compensating for the clear difference in size between the two men. Haney took advantage of his six-inch reach advantage to dominate the fight from a distance with his jab.
Gamboa hit the target with several power punches in the 6th round, but it was only the Cuban’s last stand. Haney took his distance and applied the same recipe as at the start of the fight.
The referee removed a point from Gamboa in the 11th round for a collision, which is anecdotal as the fight was one-sided.
Gamboa showed all the heart that we know him in the 12th and final round by going all out, and Haney answered him blow for blow, putting an exclamation mark on his victory.
Note that if Haney holds the regular WBC title, Teofimo Lopez is the “franchise” champion after his victory against Vasyl Lomachenko.
Hrgovic easy winner In the semifinals, Croatian heavyweight prospect Filip Hrgovic (12-0, 10 KOs) remained undefeated by easily taking the measure of Rydell Booker (26-4, 13 KOs). ). Booker’s corner threw the towel between the 5th and 6th round.
The 39-year-old American returned to competition in 2018, after a fourteen-year hiatus!
Booker was content to try to survive, without being very enterprising offensively, which left Hrgovic plenty of time to pick his shots. The bronze medalist at the Rio Games sent his opponent to the mat in the second round and then continued his demolition work.