This weekend was very low key in terms of fights, however there were a couple very fun Boxing matches that I would like to Highlight. If you missed my preview it can be found here.
Friday January 11 – Devin Haney vs. Xolisani Ndongeni
On SHOBOX this weekend we had a showcase of one of boxing’s top prospects in Haney. The fight went about how I thought it would and he shut out the awkward Ndongeni. There were moments in there when Haney had chances to get him out of there, notably the second round knockdown. However, one of the main things I noticed was how skinny Haney’s legs look, now i’m no boxing expert, but take a look at the calf difference in the pics below and tell me who you think has more knockout power.
Yes so after we have all taken that in, i understand Haney is not the Pac Man, but Manny was knocking people out at 135 and above. So, the comparisons to Whitaker and Mayweather make sense especially since Floyd Mayweather Sr. was in Haney’s Corner on Friday. After the fight Haney made it clear he is a contender and wants to angle for a title fight. The Champions in his division (Lightweight, 135lbs) are pound for pound greats Vasyl Lomachenko and Mikey Garcia. I do not think Haney would have any shot at beating either of them right now. So he might want to wait until Mikey inevitably drops his title due to him moving up to 147 to face Errol Spence. After that the waters will open and he might be able to jump in and grab a belt.
*Here are the highlights from the bout.
On the under card top prospect Ruben Villa looked awesome in his bout with Ruben Cervera. He boxed circles around him and is clearly ready for his next step up. The other TV fight was Frank Sanchez vs Willie Jake Jr. and besides a brutal knockout the only thing to really take from this fight is that Frank Sanchez is apparently 26?
So it seems Haney is ready for a step up I just do not think he is ready for the highest level yet, but again he is only 20.
Sunday January 13 – Jose Uzcategui vs. Caleb Plant
On FS1 on Sunday night we were treated to a hell of a boxing match. Caleb Plant came in as the underdog, but people had fallen in love with his story. His 20 month old daughter died in 2015 after a brain abnormality caused her to contract pneumonia. He had made her a promise to win a world title and on Sunday night he did just that. There was no controversy here, two knockdowns and relatively wide scores assured Plant of the IBF Super Middleweight title (I scored it 117-109 Plant).
Plant put on a boxing lesson for the first 6 rounds and looked like he might shutout the incumbent champ Uzcategui. However, Jose bit down and won some of the later rounds to show some pride but it was too little too late. Plant had already banked too many rounds and his promise to his daughter had come to fruition.
*Here are some highlights of the title fight.
After the fight he also had another great moment where he was able to propose to his girlfriend Jordan Hardy (who hosts videos for the PBC on Youtube) in the locker room, and she said yes!
The only real notable under card fight was the return of former 122 pound champion Guillermo Rigondeaux (got that one from memory). He blasted the severely over matched Giovanni Delgado out of the ring within a round, so you did not get to see anything from him really.
*Here are the highlights from that bout.
So hopefully we get good fights in the future for the winners and losers and I look forward to a big week of Boxing and MMA in the week ahead.