Vasyl Lomachenko Rates Jorge Linares and Teofimo Lopez Over Devin Haney
Multi-divisional champion Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (17-3, 11KO) doesn’t believe undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15KO) is better than former foes Jorge Linares or “The Takeover” Teofimo Lopez.
The boxing community continues to debate who won the fight between The Dream and Hi-Tech in Las Vegas On May 20. In the post-fight interview, when asked if Haney was better than Lopez or Linares, Lomachenko replied:
“If you’re talking about Linares, if you’re talking about Lopez, for me, they are better than Haney.”
HANEY’S HISTORY WITH LINARES AND LOPEZ
In 2018, Lomachenko stopped Linares with a vicious body shot in a competitive fight. However, he must have forgotten that The Dream soundly defeated Linares (47-8, 29KO) in 2021.
In 2020, the Ukrainian was defeated by Lopez (18-1, 13KO). Yet, Haney was chasing The Takeover when they both held titles in the division. Haney grew tired of chasing a fight with his amateur rival and decided it was no longer worth his time.
Given so many fans believe Lomachenko should have won the undisputed titles, they may agree with his assessment, but styles make fights. This is the reason why they need to fight at some point in their careers.
Lopez is scheduled to face WBO junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor on June 10. Provided Haney re-signs with Top Rank, and The Takeover wins the fight, we could finally get the fight that should have happened in the lightweight division.