Devin Haney will defend his WBC World Lightweight title against Yuriorkis Gamboa on Saturday, Nov. 7 and Daniel Jacobs will clash with Gabriel Rosado on Friday, Nov. 27, both behind closed doors and subject to strict COVID-19 protocols at Hard Rock Live at Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Floridaon DAZN, live on DAZN from 8pm ET
6 x 3 mins Featherweight contest
Raymond Ford (125.8lbs) vs. Rafael Reyes (123lbs)
Camden, New Jersey Clovis, Mexico
6-0 (2 KOs) 18-10 (14 KOs)
6 x 3 mins Welterweight contest
Reshat Mati (146lbs) vs. Marcos Mojica (146.4lbs)
Staten Island, New York West Palm Beach, Florida
7-0 (5 KOs) 17-5-2 (13 KOs)
10 x 3 mins Heavyweight contest
Zhilei Zhang (259.6lbs) vs. Devin Vargas (22-6 9 KOs)
Las Vegas, Nevada Sylvania, Ohio
21-0 (16 KOs) 22-6 (9 KOs)
10 x 3 mins Vacant IBF International Heavyweight title
Filip Hrgovic (242.6lbs). vs. Rydell Booker (248lbs)
Zagreb, Croatia Detroit, Michigan
10-0 (8 KOs) 26-2 (13 KOs)
12 x 3 mins WBC World Lightweight title
Devin Haney (135lbs) vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa (135lbs)
Las Vegas, Nevada Miami, Florida
24-0 (15 KOs) 30-3 (18 KOs)
6 x 3 mins Super-Lightweight contest
Arthur Biyarslanov (141lbs) vs. Juan Jose Martinez (141.8lbs)
Toronto, Canada Mexico City, Mexico
6-0 (5 KOs) 28-9 (20 KO’s)
8 x 3 mins Super-Bantamweight contest
Darren Cunningham (122.6lbs) vs. Juan Gabriel Medina (121.4lbs)
Las Vegas, Nevada La Romana, Dominican Republic
11-0 (6 KOs) 11-4 (10 KOs)
Devin Haney (24-0 15 KOs) – defending his WBC World Lightweight title against Yuriorkis Gamboa
What kind of fighter do you think Gamboa will be on Saturday night, after watching his previous fight against Gervonta Davis?
“He’s the type of fighter that will bring his all. Every fight he goes in there, no matter if he’s hurt, and lays it all on the line.”
What do you have to do on Saturday to beat him?
“I have a lot of things that I have to do to get the win on Saturday. The main thing is to go into the ring and dominate, I don’t want to just get the win, I want to make a statement. This will be a statement victory. I want to go in the ring and show Gamboa I’m the best fighter he’s been in the ring with.”
You’re been labelled amongst Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis and Teofimo Lopez, do you feel like you have to knock out Gamboa to get to the big fights you want?
“Honestly I feel I have to look bad to get these guys in the ring with me. The better that I look it seems the more they run. I’m going to put on a statement performance, get the job done and beat him worst than he’s ever been beaten before.”
What can fans expect on Saturday night?
“Tune in on Saturday night, it’s going to be fireworks. Gamboa is a tough competitor, he comes to fight every single time and doesn’t lay down for anybody. I’m going to bring the pressure, bring the excitement so tune in it’s going to be one hell of a night.”
Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-3 18 KOs) – former unified Featherweight king and challenger for Haney’s crown
How are you feeling about facing Haney?
“I’m expected a great fight and I’ve got a great rival in front of me.”
After facing Gervonta Davis in your last fight, who’s a better fight Davis or Haney?
“It doesn’t matter who’s the best fighter is. What matters is what happens in the ring on Saturday.”
How do you stop Devin Haney?
“Haney can say whatever he wants, once we’re in the ring the only person in charge is God and I’ll be there to fight.”
What’s your message to your fans and Devin Haney?
“God gave me this opportunity, I’m here to fight and god will have his say on Saturday night
Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) is back in action for the first time since November 2019 after injuring his right shoulder in seeing off Alfredo Santiago in the first defense of his belt in LA. The 21-year-old sensation had successful surgery on the injury and is now ready to resume his quest to dominate a 135-lbs. scene that’s littered with big names.
First on his hit list is Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs), the former unified World Featherweight king and Cuban hero, following his Olympic gold medal. Gamboa is aiming to become a two-weight World ruler at the third attempt having challenged Terence Crawford and Gervonta Davis for their titles, but Haney is confident he will reignite his reign in style.
“Yuriokis Gamboa is a dangerous and experienced fighter,” said Haney. “He’s a former unified world champion, and he has been in the ring with some of the best. He hurt Terence Crawford with a big shot, so his power is not to be ignored. He beat Orlando Salido who beat Vasiliy Lomachenko. Less than a year ago he took Gervonta Davis into the 12th round, something no one has ever been able to do. Gamboa is a true warrior and I’m not taking him lightly. I’ve called out all the top names, and I finally got someone who will challenge me for my title. I intend on making a statement in this fight. My hunger is on another level. It’s time to show the world who the best fighter in boxing is and that’s me!”
“I’m extremely thankful to God for allowing this fight to happen and for the miracle of healing my Achilles,” said Gamboa. “I’ve been dreaming and wishing of fighting for the WBC Green Belt ever since I was an amateur in Cuba. I’m ready and determined to win this title for my fans and to prove those who wrote me off as a washed up fighter wrong. I came up short against Davis because of my Achilles in the second round, but I fought the rest of the fight on one foot, hurting him in the middle rounds. You are going to see a healthy Gamboa fight with both of my legs, fists and warrior heart of mine. With God’s blessings I will come out victorious Nov. 7.”
HRGOVIĆ FACES BOOKER ON NOVEMBER 7 IN FLORIDA
Filip Hrgović (11-0, 9 KOs) will face Rydell Booker (26-3, 13 KOs) on November 7th behind closed doors at the Hard Rock Live at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino Hollywood, Florida, live on DAZN in the US and RTL in Croatia.
The Croatian heavyweight sensation known as ‘El Animal’ will fight for the second time in just three months following a spectacular second-round knockout win against Alexandre Kartozia last Saturday in Struer, Denmark.
The 2016 Olympic Bronze medallist returns to America for the second time in his paid career, having previously claimed a stunning first-round knockout victory over Gregory Corbin at the MGM National Harbor in Maryland.
Hrgović will be looking to extend his four fight KO streak as he squares off against former sparring partner Booker, the Detroit-native, who pushed World title challenger Kubrat Pulev to a points decision last November in Fresno.
“I can’t wait to go back to America to fight again,” said the 28-year-old from Zagreb. “Booker is a skilful fighter. He had a good fight with Kubrat Pulev. He went the distance and won the first few rounds. I think I can do better. I want to make a statement and finish the fight early.
“Booker was one of my sparring partners before I fought Gregory Corbin. I know him well and he knows me, so I’m looking forward to the fight. He has good skills and technique, but I will be better prepared and in better shape. I don’t think he’ll be able to handle my power and my pressure!”
Hrgović’s promoter Nisse Sauerland believes a busy end to 2020 will be the perfect preparation for a World title assault in 2021, as he predicts another knockout performance from the Croatian giant.
“Filip has the style to trouble every heavyweight in division,” said Sauerland. “He has dynamite in both hands as he showed in his last fight, and I think he will demonstrate that power again against Booker. It’s important for Filip to stay busy as we’re expecting a huge 2021 for him. He’s ready for the World title.”
Zeljko Karajica, Hrgović’s manager, said: “After his knockout of the year against Kartozia, I’m happy to have Filip back in the ring so quickly. He is very excited to fight in America once again and we are looking forward to him putting on a show on November 7th for the US fight fans.”
Hrgović, who is co-promoted by Team Sauerland and Matchroom Boxing, fights as part of a huge night of boxing in Florida that features American star Devin Haney defending his WBC World Lightweight title against Yuriorkis Gamboa.
Rydell Booker (26-3 13 KOs) – Detroit Heavyweight taking on Hrgovic
You’ve never been stopped, what’s your response to Hrgovic saying he’ll be the first:
“Everybody says it until they get in the ring. I know I’ll come to fight, I know Filip and I look forward to Saturday.”
Are you going to approach the fight defensive first on Saturday night?
“No, I’ve changed my whole team, staff and my preparations for this fight. My last coach was a straight defensive fighter, but that’s who I was, so I found someone who fit my style better.”
When you know a guy is coming to knock you out, how do you take advantage of that:
“Naturally I’m a world class boxer, so I use my boxing ability. I have a very high boxing IQ, after doing this for 32 years. I know how to make adjustments; he has a good trainer, but I know what to expect.”