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Devin Haney, Michael Hunter and more – the US action preview

Devin Haney heads up a busy weekend in the US, writes Paul Wheeler
Devin Haney

THREE American states – Maryland, Florida and Mississippi – are competing for attention this Saturday (May 25), with each hosting a show. In Oxon Hill at the MGM National Harbor, recent Matchroom Boxing signing Devin Haney, 21-0 (13), meets Mexico City’s Antonio Moran, 24-3 (17), over 10 rounds. The Las Vegas-based lightweight is only 20 years old, yet is ranked in the top 10 by all four of the major governing bodies. Moran is tall and tough, but his gifted opponent will have too much for him over the distance.

Also on this Sky Sports Action/DAZN bill, there are two heavyweight 10-rounders. The in-form Michael Hunter, 16-1 (11), of Las Vegas, was previously in the running for the Anthony Joshua fight next month, but will instead have to make do with outpointing durable Sao Paulo veteran Fabio Maldonado, 26-2 (25). Meanwhile, another fighter in his late 30s – Dallas’ Gregory Corbin, 15-1 (9) 1NC – also finds himself up against it. He is not expected to last the course against Zagreb’s touted Filip Hrgovic, 7-0 (5).

Devin Haney
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Rounding off the card is a 10-twos super-lightweight unification clash between Chicago’s WBC titlist Jessica McCaskill, 6-2 (3), and WBA belt-holder Anahi Sanchez, 19-3 (11) – a three-weight world champion from Pergamino, Argentina. Sanchez has not travelled well in the past, so the tenacious McCaskill is the pick to prevail on points.