At the MGM Grand Garden on Saturday night, undefeated lightweight champion Devin Haney defended his titles, but not without a contentious decision that Vasiliy Lomachenko’s team intends to challenge.
The fight ebbed and flowed over the course of 12 rounds in an interesting contest at the sold-out MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas.
Lomachenko, a two-time Olympic gold medalist and former unified lightweight champion, was by far Haney’s most difficult opponent. Haney had won all 29 of his prior contests.
Haney, who acknowledged Lomachenko’s contribution, was overcome with genuine elation at being named the victor.
“I have to take my hat off to Loma,” Haney said in the ring 메이저사이트 following his biggest victory to date. “He’s a future Hall of Famer, he’s my toughest opponent by far, he’s very crafty and we put on a great fight for fans.”
Many spectators at the MGM and others at home who were tuning in believed that Lomachenko had forced Haney to submit long enough to secure the indisputable victory.
The management of Lomachenko stated that an appeal of the ruling is planned.“The biggest robbery in the daylight. Haney’s team got Christmas in the Summer,” Egis Klimas said. “We’re going to appeal this decision. Those judges, they do not understand how the boxers are working hard. I guarantee we’re not going to let that go. We want to show there has to be justice.”
Both boxers came out swinging in the opening exchanges of the fight, with Lomachenko continuing to pelt the champion with jackhammer left hands to the head while Haney used his length and strength to work off his rear foot.
Although Lomachenko turned up the heat in the later rounds all the way to the end of the fight, peppering the undisputed champion with combinations and gaining momentum with seemingly every three minutes that passed, Haney started the fight strong behind a right hook to the body that he continued to use well throughout the fight. Some matches were so close that scoring was incredibly difficult.
However, as the battle went on, it was the veteran who punished Haney, 24, startling him with combinations, especially a strong ninth round when the champion began to tire.
At the end of round 12, Haney sets up a right hook to the body, but Loma is waiting for a chance to strike. A lull in the action and one minute remain. a combination from Loma and a body-reaction from Haney. Once more, Haney went to the body while Loma went upstairs. The last bell rings after a rapid flurry combo by Lomachenko.
Devin Haney wins by scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113 after 12 rounds of combat, improving to 30-0 and successfully defending his undisputed lightweight world 토토사이트 championship. It seemed considerably closer to me. According to CompuBox, Lomachenko will have landed 124 more punches than his opponent overall.
“I think I showed that I can still be in boxing, I’m in good shape now,” Lomachenko said. “I win this fight. Twelve rounds end, I was sure I won this fight. I feel I controlled this fight.”
Haney was extremely appreciative of his opponent. “Lomachenko is a future Hall of Famer,” Haney said. “It was a blessing. He was my toughest opponent. He was very crafty. He turns it up in the championship rounds. (This fight) put me in the history books forever.”
Haney must now make a choice since his three-fight contract with Top Rank and Lou DiBella is now over and he will be a free agent when he wakes up on Sunday. Haney has many alternatives, including the chance to fight at 135 pounds in a highly anticipated contest against fellow pound-for-pound contender Shakur Stevenson, who was present on Saturday, in his final fight.
Haney could also switch to junior welterweight, where he would compete for a second-division title and set himself up to face the victor of Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez Jr. on June 10.