Lomachenko lost to Haney and did not become the undisputed world champion. Video
Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) lost to WBC, IBF, WBA Super, WBO titleholder Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) and did not become the undisputed world champion. The lightweight title fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas went all 12 rounds and ended by unanimous decision 116-112, 115-113, 115-113.
Before the fight, bookmakers were unanimous in their predictions, giving preference to the 24-year-old American.
The opening round was a kind of scouting from the fighters. From the start, Haney occupied the center of the ring, testing Loma's defense with a left jab. The boxers did not force the situation, looking at each other. In the final seconds, the Ukrainian snapped back with a series, trying to corner his opponent.
The second round repeated the pattern of the fight, where Devin worked at number one, penetrating the Ukrainian boxer's defense several times. Vasil threw fewer punches, but tried to work in series, focusing on efficiency.
The American champion often attacked Vasyl's body, continuing to fight. Lomachenko worked well on his feet, evading punches. In the middle of the third round, our compatriot hit Devin with an overhand to the jaw and tried to build on his success.
Haney, thanks to his long arms, tried to keep Vasya at a distance, working the jab. The Ukrainian boxer was noticeably more reactive than his opponent, so Devin's punches often found only air.
It seemed that Loma returned to the tactics of his early fights, when he let his opponent exhausted, constantly avoiding danger. By the middle of the 5th round there was an open fight, and Vasya successfully attacked in series several times. Haney's punches were heavier, but often found only air.
At the equator of the fight the champion had a slight advantage. He was not afraid to go to the corner, pushing his opponent back with a jab.
Beginning with the 7th round, Devin became more and more superior to the Ukrainian in power. The fight began to be interrupted more often by clinches. Lomachenko had no way to get closer to the attacking range, getting right back with a jab. In the last seconds of the third minute, however, the favorite got so carried away with the attack that he missed the challenger's straight to the head.
In the 8th round Devin was working as the number one, attacking "on floors", but he forgot about the defense a few times and got a noticeable straight to the head from Vasily.
The 9th segment was won by Lomachenko. He was more dangerous in his attacks and he made the favourite's head jerk several times. Vasya was only aiming at the top floor.
Lomachenko had more energy left for the championship rounds. In the middle of the 10th round he exploded with a series of blows, visibly shaking the American. Haynie quickly recovered and already tried to answer with a series of blows himself.
From the opening of the 11th three minutes Vasily controlled his opponent's chin with a right side kick. Already the Ukrainian "danced" in the center of the ring and was number one. Pushing Haynie into the corner, Loma began to cause a series of huge problems to his opponent. Devin was breathing heavily, but he did not go into a blind defense.
In the final round both boxers tried to get an early victory. The 35-year-old native of Belgorod-Dnistrovskiy looked more preferable, trying to pin the 24-year-old American in the corner.
Recall that after a resounding victory over Britain's Luke Campbell in 2019, Loma suffered a sensational defeat to young Teofimo Lopez in October 2020. In that fight, the Ukrainian lost three championship titles.
Lomachenko returned to the ring in December 2021, defeating Ghanaian Richard Commie (30-4-1, 27 KOs) by unanimous decision of the judges.
The Ukrainian fighter had his last fight on October 30, 2022, when he defeated American Jemaine Ortiz.
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