ON a night that was originally supposed to mark the heavyweight debut of former unified cruiserweight champion Oleksandr Usyk, that is, until a biceps injury bumped him off the main event, 20-year-old lightweight Devin Haney filled in as the marquee fighter at the MGM National Harbor — and did not disappoint, obliterating Mexican Antonio Moran with a sizzling, picture-perfect overhand right to earn a seventh-round knockout.
It was an unambiguously violent ending that saw the Mexican Moran lying catatonic on the canvas for nearly 10 minutes.
Of all the vaunted youngsters on the American boxing scene, including Teofimo Lopez, Vergil Ortiz, Jaron Ennis, and Ryan Garcia, to a name a few, there may be no one more complete a fighter than the Oakland-born, Las Vegas native Haney. To be sure, the only knock on him thus far has been that he does not carry concussive power in his fists. Observers will surely be more wary of making that point in the ensuing months.