Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) successfully defended his undisputed lightweight championship, clinching a nail-biting unanimous decision victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs), Ukraine’s three-division world champion. The thrilling bout was staged at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.
Lomachenko started the fight on an aggressive note, employing his well-known repertoire of feints, intricate footwork, and evasive head movements to close the gap with Haney.
Once inside Haney’s reach, Lomachenko effectively landed combination punches. However, Haney dominated when it came to fighting from a distance, effectively deploying jabs and body hooks. As the fight progressed into the later rounds, Lomachenko found more success with his frequent combinations.
Despite being seemingly affected by Lomachenko’s powerful combos, Haney retaliated fiercely in the final round, mitigating Lomachenko’s aggression with body shots.
In his second defense of his undisputed title, Haney came out victorious with scorecards reading 115-113 2x and 116-112.
Post-fight, Haney stated, “Lomachenko will undoubtedly be a future Hall of Famer. I was fortunate to fight him. He posed the toughest challenge I’ve faced yet. He’s a shrewd fighter and we delivered an enthralling fight for the fans.
“He’s an astute boxer, especially in the championship rounds. I have nothing but respect for him. He’s an exceptional fighter.
“It was a learning experience. My team and I will review the fight and reflect on it. I’ve been in the 135 division for a long time. This is my 30th fight. I’ve been at 135 since I was 16. We’ll return to the drawing board and decide the future course.”
In contrast, Loma commented,”I’d rather not discuss [the decision]. The spectators saw everything today.
“Earlier, I believed he would be superior. He’s a formidable fighter. He’s competent. But he’s not a pound-for-pound boxer.
“I believe I demonstrated that I still belong in boxing. I’m fit and ready. Looking forward to our next meeting.
“At the moment, I am eager to return home, stand by my country, and support my Ukrainian orthodox church.”