By: Alex Moore
May 11 2017
Devin Haney vs Mason Menard
Friday, May 11, 2017 will be a deciding moment for both Devin Haney and Mason Menard. Haney is a quick rising star who shows flashes of boxing royalty Floyd Mayweather Jr. Whether it’s the jewelry and cars or the brilliance of his counter punching attack hidden behind his front shoulder leaning towards you while he stands firmly in his orthodox boxing stance; Haney reminds many of his idol. Haney himself has recently referred to himself as having a “Mini-Mayweather life” in his Showtime promotional video. Hyperbole aside the young man has plenty of skill to accompany the bravado. Training out of The Money Team gym in Las Vegas, Nevada, Devin has become a real factor in the lightweight division. After fighting nine times in 2016, he followed that up by fighting seven times in 2017. Haney has fought in Mexico, Atlanta, and this is his third fight in Philly just to name a few. Proving that when Haney tells people He’s been calling out all the fighters in his weight-class, it’s not just talk. He’s willing to travel to back up his rhetoric. Friday night Devin gets his chance to become a national name in his USBA Lightweight Title shot at Arena 2300. If Haney wants to live up to the expectations he is putting on himself this is a pivotal step in becoming one of the boxing greats he speaks of. Will his chatter, bling, speed and knockout power translate into another win or will it be guts, smarts and boxing IQ that he must rely on to stay unbeaten?
While Haney may be the younger more flashy draw, Mason Menard is not a man to be overlooked. He is experienced and talented. He is a serious puncher who has fought in front of the national audience on several occasions. Menard fought his first title fight in July of 2010. Although the vast majority of his 33 wins have come in the state of Louisiana, 24 of those wins came by way of knockout. In his last title shot he faced veteran Ray Beltran on HBO. While Mason showed plenty of promise and fought well, he did suffer his second loss in knockout form. However for such a powerful puncher it can be assumed that such a defeat can only help him be a better boxer and defensively more sound. If Menard learned from the constant pressure and technical fighting of Beltran, he may look to apply the same such tactics on Haney. Mason clearly has the punching power and resume to walkout victorious and after his unanimous decision over Carlos Cardenas in March we can’t assume his last loss is still haunting him. Menard and his team believe he is a more complete boxer with the power and experience to shut down this young talkative Haney. Fight fans will be tuned in on the 11th of May to see which one of these contenders will take that next step to stardom.
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