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Haney Has Best Outing Of His Career, on “ShoBox”



Devi Haney impressed the ShoBox crew mightily on Friday night.
Rosie Cohe

Jab Hook’s Epilogue for the StageWorks, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 12th, 2019

Devin “The Dream” Haney had his best bout ever against a game Xolisani “Novema” Ndongeni.

In a dominating performance, “The Dream” showed a new side as a hunter and pressure fighter punching his way in, taking risks and ripping to the body. He managed to put Ndongani down in round 2, which is only the second time in the African’s career. And what allowed him to do that was his powerful, versatile jab. That fast, piston-like jab did not just set things up. It hurt “Novema” to the body, it knocked his mouthpiece out, it slammed his head back repeatedly. Looking even better than against Juan Carlos Burgos, this patient, grinding effort from the 20 yo Haney proves he is developing nicely.

“Novema” Ndongani has heart, he took such hurtful shots to the body, and did not submit. Tough, durable, courageous, and stoic in a losing effort. Jab Hook hopes other US promoters give “Novema” a chance to fight again in the USA soon. Jab correctly picked the knockdown, the winner, and the unanimous decision.

Ruben “RV4” Villa out boxed and out classed a tough Ruben Cervera winning 80:72. Villa displayed his exceptional boxing skills and had Cervera hurt in the 6th, but then seemed to back off. This reflected both his chosen style and his corner’s advice. Ruben “RV4” Villa’s was focused, disciplined, precise in his punches, and very effective in his defense. His only problem was that he boxed with his mouth open.

Astutely observed by Steve Farhood, an open mouth leaves the jaw more vulnerable to fracture. “RV4”, stop doing that!

Villa’s display of wonderful boxing moves made it clear how he was able to beat Kevin Haney in the Jr Olympics in 2012. Jab picked Villa to beat Cervera, but though “RV4” would go for the KO. 

Frank Sanchez outclassed Willie “The Snake” Jake Jr. with boxing, pressure, and power. “The Snake” could not find any grass to hide in, so he wrapped around Sanchez, when he could, That’s how he survived round 1. But Sanchez refused the forbidden fruit and instead took a bite out of Willy “The Snake”. The Cuban shot a snapping left hook to the chin at the bell ending round 2, just as Jake Jr was going down on a knee in the red corner. “The Snake” curled up and the fight was over. Jab correctly picked the winner and the KO. 

Jab Hook’s 2019 predictions: 3 of 3 correct on January 11th = 100%

(2018: 92 of 112 correct = 82.1%, total of 95 of 115 correct = 82.6%)

“Jab Hook”, aka “Brooklyn” Joe Healy is a boxing expert commentator for, a professional cutman from the BOXWERK gym, and a licensed referee/judge in amateur boxing. A lifelong aficionado born in Brooklyn and living in Munich, “The Sweet Science” is his passion. Please feel free to contact him as Jab Hook on FaceBook,, or on Twitter