Jab Hook's Predictions for StageWorks, Shreveport, Louisiana, January 11th, 2019 (Showtime): Devin “The Dream” Haney vs. Xolisani “Novema the Wasp” Ndongeni, undefeated lightweights fighting in a 10 round prizefight.
“The Dream” was an American lightweight prospect and a very talented boxer who has become a real contender. Ranked #8 lightweight by Ring, he sits among a very talented lightweight division where he can advance. If Haney wants to grow his market value and start to earn some serious money, he must showcase his moves and win big on Friday.
“Novema” is a popular boxer and the #2 lightweight in South African. The former IBO world lightweight title-holder has a his own song for the ring walk-ins and is a boxing celebrity back home, where he has fought all his bouts. With very fast hands and an awkward style, this is his first time under the big lights in the USA. Can Ndongeni seize the moment and upstage “The Dream”?
Jab Hook's keys to victory:
- Establish the jab and throw combinations.
- Box with a tight defense, avoid wild exchanges.
- Take your time, and make “Novema” pay for his mistakes.
- Don't get greedy.
- Come out strong and get his respect in the 1st round.
- Use footwork and creative angles to get in and out of range.
- Disrupt Haney's rhythm, smother his work, and counter-punch.
- Make it ugly, provoke him, and show him what a real African warrior is.
Expect a tense, exciting bout with some wild punches, macho games, maybe a foul, and probably a knockdown or two. Devin Haney will gain valuable experience and make a great impression, but only if boxes smartly. Win or lose, Xolisani Ndongeni will put on a show and maybe get some more good bouts in 2019.
Jab picks Haney to win by clear unanimous decision over Ndongeni.
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“Jab Hook”, aka “Brooklyn” Joe Healy is a boxing expert commentator for DAZN.de, 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, at[email protected], or on Twitter https://twitter.com/BoxAficionado