Devin Haney is so on the brink of a world title shot he can feel it within his grasp.
The 20-year-old rising boxing star can cement that opportunity Sept. 13 when he faces Zaur Abdullaev in a WBC final eliminator at Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden, live on DAZN.
The winner is slated to face Vasiliy Lomachenko — although Top Rank's Bob Arum has said Loma wants to face the winner of Richard Commey vs. Teofimo Lopez.
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But before any of that could take shape, the 20-year-old Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) must handle Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs), a sound Russian who will be making his U.S. debut.
"I believe he’s very technical," Haney said during a conference call with reporters. "He doesn’t take too many chances. He’s more straight up and down and sticks to the basics. Sometimes those are the toughest fights.
"I just look forward to putting on a great performance," he added, "and showing the world what Devin Haney is made of once again."
Haney headlined his first card in May and delivered a scintillating knockout of Antonio Moran via a thunderous, overhand right.
Sharing the Sept. 13 card will be Heather Hardy putting her WBO featherweight belt on the line against Amanda Serrano in a battle of Brooklyn fighters.
Here's everything you need to know about Haney vs. Abdullaev.
When is the Devin Haney vs. Zaur Abdullaev fight?
Devin Haney vs. Zaur Abdullaev takes place on Sept. 13. The undercard begins at 7 p.m. ET, followed by the main card at 9 p.m.
How do I watch Haney vs. Abdullaev?
The Haney vs. Abdullaev fight is not available via traditional pay-per-view methods. Instead, fans in North America can sign up to watch the fight online with DAZN, the global sports live-streaming service.
DAZN is available on a variety of platforms, including Roku, Apple TV, Google Chromecast, iOS, Android, Xbox One, Playstation 4 and Playstation 3, as well as Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer and Safari browsers via DAZN.com.
How much does the Haney vs. Abdullaev fight cost?
A new subscriber to DAZN can sign up for a monthly subscription or annual pass to watch the fight. The annual pass — which includes access to all of DAZN’s live events, as well as highlights, replays, behind-the-scenes features, original shows and live reports — is $99.99, which averages out to a little over $8 a month. For those who want a monthly-plan instead of the longer-term value, fight fans can sign up for a monthly option for $19.99.
For current subscribers, the fight is already included as part of your plan.
Where is the Haney vs. Abdullaev fight?
Haney faces Abdullaev at the Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden. This marks the first time Haney is fighting at the venue, with Abdullaev making his U.S. debut.
Devin Haney record and bio
Name: Devin Haney
Born: Nov. 17, 1998
Reach: 71 inches
Total fights: 22
Record: 22-0 with 14 knockouts
Zaur Abdullaev record and bio
Name: Zaur Abdullaev
Born: March 23, 1994
Total fights: 11
Record: 11-0 with seven knockouts
Haney vs. Abdullaev fight card, weigh-in results
- Devin Haney (134.60) vs. Zaur Abdullaev (134.60) for the interim WBC Lightweight title
- Heather Hardy (125.80) vs. Amanda Serrano (125.80) for Hardy's WBO Women’s Featherweight title
- Michael Hunter (221.50) vs. Sergey Kuzmin (258.50); Heavyweight
- Ray Ford (124.50) vs. Rafael Castillo (122); Featherweight
- Daniyar Yeleussinov (147.50) vs. Reshard Hicks (147); Welterweight
- Murodjon Akhmadaliev (123.50) vs. Wilner Soto (122.75); Jr. Featherweight
- Magomedrasul Majidov (227) vs. Ed Fountain (240.5); Heavyweight
- Larry Fryers (143) vs. Wesley Ferrer (141.75); Welterweight
- Christian Bermudez (133) vs. Jonathon Conde (135); Lightweight
- Jonathan Lecona Ramos (121.25) vs. Derren Cunningham III (122); Jr. Featherweight