HomeBoxing NewsDevin Haney Dominates Yuriokis Gamboa, Wins Decision In Return
Devin Haney Dominates Yuriokis Gamboa, Wins Decision In Return
November 8, 2020
Lightweight titlist Devin Haney made a return on Saturday night with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Yuriokis Gamboa at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.
The champ was making his first appearance since his 12 round victory over Alfredo Santiago 52 weeks ago, with majority of the time spent used to recover from his shoulder surgery after the faithful event. Gamboa too also spend significant time out of the ring healing from the Achilles Tear he suffered during his 12 round stoppage loss to Gervonta Davis.
After the 12 round battle, Judge Fernando Barbosa gave Haney a 118-109, while Michael Tate and Michael Ross scored the fight 120-107 for Haney in his second successful title defence. Haney admitted feeling great after the win.
“Everything felt great, being back in there after being out so long,” revealed Haney. “I felt really good in there and am just ready to get back in the ring as soon as possible.”
The first round was more of a feeling out process, with Haney controlling proceedings with his Jab while Gamboa kept baiting Haney with a left with hopes of catching him with a counter right. A move, he never quite accomplish in the round. There was more of the same in round two, Haney kept his Jab up, while Gamboa kept moving around, looking for a way to get inside.
Gamboa accomplished his trick in the early seconds of round three, flicked a jab and followed it up with a big right. Haney was able to take it but had Gamboa in a clinch before taking back control over the fight.
Gamboa was outpaced in the fourth as Haney connected several right hands with the Veteran, struggling to cope and mostly opted for a clinch. The referee seriously warned Gamboa for landing
Gamboa was more successful in the fifth as he found home for his right hands especially, when Haney took a break with his Jab, which was a potent weapon and constant issue for Gamboa.
Mostly entangled in clinches, Haney connected combinations to the head and body in the sixth while Gamboa occasionally connected his right hand. Gamboa confidence grew in the fight as he was then able to cause some serious issues on the inside. Haney maintained his cool and stuck to the plan.
Haney took back control in round nine, working Gamboa with his Jab. The veteran having little success, looked more interested in getting a cliche and sneaking out blows ones inside. Haney was the fresher fighter in the championship rounds and upped his attack, while Gamboa was ok with going the distance.
The former Featherweight titlist was deducted a point for excessive clinching, which was overdue and that also increased Haney’s already mighty lead. There wasn’t much action in the final round, as Haney fought in a relaxed tone, while Gamboa had no offence and only defended incoming shots from Haney, who worked him down to the final bell.
“I wanted to show that I can pitch a shutout,” Haney told BoxingScene.com after the win. “I didn’t get hit with anything big. Gamboa has managed to hurt a lot of his past opponents, especially a lot of big names. He didn’t hurt me once or hit me with anything big and that’s a statement within itself.”
Haney improves to 25-0 with the win with 15 Knockout’s to his name. Gamboa on the other hand, gets his second successive loss and his third failure to capture a lightweight title after losing to Terence Crawford and Gervonta Davis in his previous attempts.