Per Mike Coppinger, a deal is being finalised for Devin “The Dream” Haney to face Ukrainian mastermind Vasyl Lomachenko in a huge Undisputed clash at 135lbs, supposedly in Las Vegas on May 20.
Haney will put his WBC, IBF, WBA and WBO belts on the line, which he won after toppling Australian warrior George Kambosos Jr in back to back unanimous decision victories, due to the Aussie activating a rematch clause following the first fight, which he convincingly lost.
‘The Matrix’ Lomachenko has rebuilt his status as a world lightweight contender after his shock defeat to Teofimo Lopez back in 2020, where he lost his three lightweight world title belts. He has since amounted three big wins over Masayoshi Nakatani, former world champion Richard Commey and unbeaten hotshot Jamaine Ortiz, therefore this opportunity for the former three weight world champion is certainly deserved.
Haney and Lomachenko both fight under the Top Rank banner, hence why this fight was ultimately inevitable.
Loma’s resume is arguably one of the best in the sport, with wins over some of boxings best. Notably victories over former WBC featherweight king Gary Russell Jr (Who he faced in only his third fight), double Olympic gold medallist and Cuban legend Guillermo Rigondeaux, Venezuelan lightweight ruler Jorge Linares, and the most successful British amateur boxer ever, “Cool Hand” Luke Campbell.
Haney, who is a drastic 11 years younger than Lomachenko, at only 24 years of age, has picked up 29 victories in his unbeaten career, with his most significant wins being his back to back masterclasses against Kambosos Jr, and undoubtedly his fantastic decision win over fellow American Jojo Diaz, who is a two weight world champion.
Both men have a supreme boxing ability, and both have qualities that shine in their arsenal, whether its the bulldozer jab of Devin Haney, or the lightning footwork of Lomachenko. This is unquestionably a 50/50 fight, which will be a joy to watch for a boxing purist.
This blockbuster fight between two pound for pound stars will bring a global audience to the sport, should it go ahead as reported.