Devin Haney makes first defense of WBC lightweight title

first_imgRice industry paralysis Priority legislation in the 18th Congress “He was very crafty. I went in there and got the win. We received this opponent on a week notice.”Santiago was knocked down by a right uppercut late in the fifth round but got up at the count of eight and survived the final 13 seconds of the round.Haney was unable to carry that momentum over into the sixth round as Santiago recovered and kept most of the rounds close by using his reach advantage to keep Haney at a distance.Santiago, who was making his US debut, suffered his first defeat and is now 12-1, with four knockouts.Santiago is from the Dominican Republic but fights out of Puerto Rico. He was coming off a technical knockout of Diego Contreras in June.ADVERTISEMENT FILE – Devin Haney, right, follows through on a right to Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev during the fourth round of the WBC interim lightweight boxing match Friday, Sept. 13, 2019, in New York. Haney won in four rounds. (Frank Franklin II/AP)Unbeaten Devin Haney successfully defended his WBC lightweight title for the first time with a unanimous decision over Alfredo Santiago on Saturday night.American Haney, who turns 21 on November 17, knocked Santiago down in the fifth round of a surprisingly close fight at Staples Center Arena in Los Angeles.ADVERTISEMENT This was Haney’s first defence of the 135-pound title which was given to him after it was vacated by top-ranked Vasiliy Lomachenko who was then awarded new title of WBC “franchise champion”.Haney won every round on the judges’ scorecards but Santiago made him work for the victory. All three judges scored it 120-107 for Haney, who was the heavy favourite going into the bout but couldn’t give the American boxing crowd the knockout they were craving.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSGreatest ever?SPORTSFormer PBA import Anthony Grundy passes away at 40SPORTSSan Miguel suspends Santos, Nabong, Tubid indefinitely after ‘tussle’ in practiceHaney said after the fight that he thought he dislocated his right shoulder in the fight but couldn’t remember in which round.“It was bad the whole fight,” he said of the shoulder. “I am not sure what round but he was on the ropes and I threw a right hand. Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics PLAY LIST 00:45Onyok Velasco see bright future for PH boxing in Olympics05:25PH boxing team determined to deliver gold medals for PH01:20US Defense chief Mark Esper visits Manila American Cemetery for wreath-laying ceremony02:11Makabayan bloc defends protesting workers, tells Año to ‘shut up’03:07PH billiards team upbeat about gold medal chances in SEA Games01:38‘Bato’ to be ‘most effective’ CHR head? It’s for public to decide – Gascon02:07Aquino to Filipinos: Stand up vs abuses before you suffer De Lima’s ordeal01:28Ex-President Noynoy Aquino admits contracting pneumonia00:45Aquino agrees with Drilon on SEA games ‘kaldero’ spending issue Ethel Booba on SEA Games cauldron: ‘Sulit kung corrupt ang panggatong’ Matteo Guidicelli had saved up for Sarah G’s ring since 2014? Despite struggling against an unknown late replacement, Haney hopes he did enough to strengthen his case for a shot at unified lightweight champ Lomachenko.Haney and Santiago had to fight on the undercard of a main event novelty fight between a pair of YouTube entertainers, American Logan Paul and Olajide William Olatunji, also known as KSI.England’s KSI won the battle to see who is the king of social media with a split decision six-round victory over Paul.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. center_img What’s behind the display of Chinese flag in Boracay? Trump soaks in Deep South cheers at college football matchup View comments Duterte calls himself, Go, Cayetano ‘the brightest stars’ in PH politics LATEST STORIES Duterte officials’ paranoia is ‘singularly myopic’ Drilon apologizes to BCDA’s Dizon over false claim on designer of P50-M ‘kaldero’ MOST READlast_img

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