Devin Haney responds to Vasiliy Lomachenko dismissing him!
Boxing is at it’s best when there is a rivalry or when fans are arguing over who’s ducking who as it adds spice in building up a fight.
It doesn’t always mean that a fight will happen but it keeps things interesting and gives the boxing community something to look forward to.
WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15ko), has been very vocal about wanting to fight top five pound for pound/unified champion Vasyl “Hi-tech” Lomachenko (14-1, 10ko).
The young champion has always expressed that Team Lomachenko had requested the franchise belt, which ultimately lead to boxing’s youngest world champion being elevated from interim status to full champion.
How did all this happen? Well it’s not tricky and actually straight forward pertaining to the events that took place between April and October 2019. So here is the cliff-notes version of how we got to where we are today.
Then unified champion Mikey Garcia elected to vacate the WBC and IBF lightweight titles after failing to defeat IBF welterweight champion Errol “The Truth” Spence in March. The strain of trying to go back down in weight would have been too much.
This meant that former Olympic medalist Luke Campbell as the mandatory, would have possibly been facing the extremely talented Haney.
Both men had agreed that after Haney’s DAZN debut bout against Antonio Moran on May 25th, the two combatants would meet for the vacant title as reported by 3kingsboxing.com
Providing the approval of the WBC, it looked like a solid deal.
However, unified champion Lomachenko threw a monkey wrench into the machine and brought everything to a screeching halt. Forcing the organization to instead order a fight with the former gold medalist for the vacant belt.
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The unified champion was of course victorious and it seemed that next up was Haney, who won the Interim title defeating Zaur Abdullaev back in September.
Shortly, thereafter, the WBC stepped in placing the franchise tag upon the shoulders of arguably the sports top pound for pound fighter. This also meant that Haney, would be elevated as well making him the youngest champion in boxing.
Given how the turn of events played out it was a bit perplexing to see recent comments made by the unified/franchise champion. In regards to the WBC champion questioning his accolades and merit of being a champion.
Like a venomous snake rearing it’s head before attacking, the WBC champion responded with quick, fast and pin-point accurate precision.
Now let make it clear the unified champion has expressed on several occasions that he has absolutely no issues with fighting anyone at all.
However, while the entire boxing community goes back and forth on whether this is a duck, the one place where all this can be settled is in that proving ground called the squared circle.
By: Garrisson Bland