Egis Klimas To Appeal the Vasyl Lomachenko Loss to Devin Haney
If you could sum up the words to describe how Vasyl “Loma” Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) felt following his unanimous decision loss to undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15 KOs), it’s disappointment and outrage. It appears that Team Loma is ready to fight back against what they felt was a wrongheaded verdict.
TEAM LOMA IS NOT HAPPY
Lomachenko was determined to achieve his goal of becoming an undisputed champion. Feeling that he had done enough to win, he was crestfallen. During the post-fight press conference with the boxing media, Lomachenko’s manager, Egis Klimas, said they plan to take action.
“I’m going to say it just like it is. This is the biggest robbery in the middle of the day. For the other team, Christmas came in the summer, and we’re not gonna let this go. I guarantee you we’re gonna protest. I guarantee you we’re gonna appeal that decision because somebody needs to end this injustice.”
“I guarantee you we’re not going to let it go. We’re gonna go all the way to the end to appeal. Maybe we’re not going to win . . . But we want to show it has to be justice.”
In the aftermath, the debate raged on about who won. More than a few fans went on social media to claim that Lomachenko deserved the verdict. Fellow boxing dignitaries echoed the same sentiment.
IS THE OUTRAGE JUSTIFIED?
One can argue that Lomachenko did enough to get the victory, especially given how Loma came on strong during the second half of the contest. But it’s a stretch for Klimas to claim it was an outright robbery.
Haney-Lomachenko was a close, hotly contested battle. Both fighters had their moments, and there was not much separating them. The 116-112 score for Haney was arguably too wide, but the other scores of 115-113 in favor of the defending champion were not outrageous. In truth, the fight could’ve gone either way.
Klimas has the right to appeal. But it’s highly unlikely that it will reverse the decision.