Devin Haney and Ruben Villa Showcase Skills in Shreveport
January 11, 2019
Anthony Saldana (119 articles)

Devin Haney and Ruben Villa Showcase Skills in Shreveport

By Anthony “Stacks” Saldaña


Tonight on the Showtime Shobox series it was a battle of four undefeated fighters. In the Main Event Davin Haney (21-0, 13 KO’s) put his undefeated streak on the line against the South African, Xolisani Ndongeni (25-1, 13 KOs). Haney came out firing on all cylinders landing big jabs and quick combinations to keep his opponent off balance. In the second round Haney landed solid jab followed by a huge overhand right to drop Ndongeni. Ndongeni beat the count as Haney continued to land sharp shots at will. Throughout the early and into the middle rounds it was quite evident that overall ring generalship, and better skill set belonged to Haney who had his way with the outclassed Ndongeni. Haney did let off the gas pedal in 7th round but picked the pace back up in 9th and 10th rounds and after ten complete compubox number showed Haney landed 237 of 590 shots (40%) and the numbers didn’t lie as the Judges scored the fight 100-89 (x2), and 99-90 all in favor of Devin Haney. “He came in here gave me challenge and we got the victory.” Stated Haney after the fight. When asked about whats next Haney said “I’m sure people know what I’m gonna say next, I’m a fucken contender, I want those top guys, like I said, now they really can’t deny me I’m a fucken contender.”


In the Co-main event the highly touted prospect and undefeated WBO Youth Featherweight Champion, from Salinas, California, Ruben Villa IV (15-0, 5 KO’s) made easy work of his opponent Ruben Cervera (10-1, 9 KO’s). Villa the southpaw who holds amateur victories over the likes of Shakur Stevenson and Devin Haney, used slick boxing and great counter punching to put on a clinic inside of the squared circle for eight solid rounds. Cervera stayed one step behind Villa the entire fight and never could find the range to execute his aggressive style that gave him nine knockouts in his first ten bouts. Villa made the most of his television debut tonight and after the final bell rang all three judges scored the fight 80-72 in favor of Villa. “I felt really good tonight, we had a great camp and knew I would be fighting a very strong opponent.” Stated Villa after the fight “As the fight progressed I knew I could outbox him. I stayed composed and I didn’t let the bright TV lights get to me. This was my first TV fight, everything was just a little bit more serious and I knew I had to take care of business.” Villa who is managed by Danny Zamora spoke to to Supreme Boxing after the fight and stated “I felt Ruben looked good, we stepped up in competition and fought a strong opponent, Ruben used good footwork and kept Cervera off balance. Now we’re at the point where we would like some more fights on national television so we’ll sit down with our promotors and see what they have planned” Villa is promoted by Thompson-Banner Promotions


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