Devin Haney: Lomachenko Was My Toughest Opponent By Far, He’s Very Crafty

Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) retained his undisputed lightweight crown with a razor-thin unanimous decision victory against Ukraine’s three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) Saturday night at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The fight began with an aggressive start from Lomachenko, who used his signature combination of feints, footwork and head movement to close the distance against Haney.

On the inside, Lomachenko had success in landing combination punches, but on the outside, Haney was able to land jabs and hooks to the body. In the later rounds, Lomachenko had more success as his combinations became more frequent.

Haney, on his part, appeared to be hurt by Lomachenko’s combos, but he fought back strongly in the final round and managed to lessen Lomachenko’s aggression with additional body punches.

Haney made the second defense of his undisputed title with scores of 115-113 2x and 116-112.

Haney said, “Lomachenko is a future Hall of Famer. It was a blessing. He was my toughest opponent by far. He is very crafty, and we put on a great fight for the fans.

Haney v Lomachenko Photo Courtesy: Vox-CDN

“He’s a crafty fighter. He turns it up in the championship rounds. I just have to take my hat off to him. He’s a great fighter.”

At the moment, Haney is unsure about his future at the lightweight limit. there is a possibility that he heads up to the junior welterweight limit of 140-pounds.

Devin Haney (L) and Vasiliy Lomachenko (R) Photo by Jeff Lewis/Top Rank Inc via Getty Images)

“This is all experience. Me and my team are going to go back to the house, watch the fight and reflect on it. I’ve been at 135 for a long, long time. This is my 30th fight. I’ve been here at 135 since I was 16 years old. We’re going to go back to the lab and figure out what’s next,” Haney said.

Source: Boxing Scene

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