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Haney-Abdullaev Title Eliminator Moved to NYC

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Haney-Abdullaev Title Eliminator Moved to NYC

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Haney-Abdullaev Title Eliminator Moved to NYC

Devin Haney had plans to have his title eliminator in his backyard against Russian Zaur Abdullaev but now will have to relocate to New York City.

In a report from, The WBO lightweight title eliminator between the two has shifted back to September 13 but will now take place at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theatre in New York City instead of Las Vegas where Haney resides. The location switch was first reported from ESPN’s Steve Kim.

“We were told that the fight is no longer in Las Vegas, we are now traveling to New York City,” German Titov, Abdullaev’s promoter confirmed in the report to on Monday.

From the report, The switch in dates and venues is just the latest developments in staging this contest.  The bout was initially planned to take place Sept. 13 in Las Vegas as part of a fight week that was to include a Mexican Independence Day-themed show headlined by World middleweight champion Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez. Alvarez has since sent out a press release stating he would not be in action on that day.

Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) earlier in the year made waves as he scored a seventh-round knockout against Antonio Moran that is still on a lot of lists of to knockouts of the year in the boxing community. He is taking on in this WBC title eliminator Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs), who will be fighting outside of his native Russia for the first time as a professional. 

Also, prospect Otha Jones III hinted on Twitter that he might be making his in-ring return to this card as well. Jones made waves earlier in the year by fighting in back to back weeks on Matchroom Boxing cards being victorious in both contests. He’s one to keep an eye out on in the earlier matches if he is slated on this Haney-Abdullaev card.

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