"He got robbed": Usik explained why Lomachenko burst into tears after defeat by Haney
Unified heavyweight champion Alexander Usik (20-0, 13 KOs) does not consider the tears of Vasyl Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) after his May 20 loss to Devin Haynie (30-0, 15 KOs) a sign of weakness. The Ukrainian boxer's emotions he explained by the fact that his cousin realized that he couldn't give a victory to his children.
This was stated by Usik in an interview with the YouTube channel Seconds Out. He also called the result of the Lomachenko-Haney fight a robbery, but stressed that it's not about corruption, but only about the fact that the promoters decided to give the way to a younger and more promising American.
"7-5 by rounds in favor of Lomachenko. He was robbed in this fight. There was this kind of refereeing, plus they gave way to a young guy and disrespected those guys who gave the fans good fights for many years. Lomachenko deserved to win this fight and the title of absolute world champion. Vasily's tears after the fight? I think it was because he talked to his son. Somewhere in his head he thought that he did not do something to please his children and fans. That's why we saw that kind of emotion. But, look, if a man shows that kind of emotion and has tears, it's not weakness. It's normal and natural," Usik said.
To recap, Loma had his 20th fight in the professional ring. The lightweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena against Devin Haney went all 12 rounds and ended by unanimous decision 116-112, 115-113, 115-113 in favor of American.
Note that the referee's notes, which were published after the fight, caused a heated debate among experts and fans.
Lomachenko's team announced that they are filing a protest against the result of the fight. In addition, the fight's punching stats confirm that the Ukrainian won at least five rounds.
As reported by OBOZREVATEL American catman and trainer Russ Anber said that three times he reviewed the fight of Vasyl Lomachenko and Devin Haney and every time he gave the victory to the Ukrainian. The boxer himself demanded a rematch from Devin Haney and also noted that it would never happen. He called his score of the fight on May 20, calling the American a coward.