By Ken Hissner: At the MGM Grand, Las Vegas, Nevada Saturday night over DAZN PPV promoter Bob Arum (Top Rank), Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment and Devin Haney in the Main Event presented WBA, WBC, WBO, and IBF World Lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney winning a disputed decision over Vasyl “Loma” Lomachenko to retain his world title.
In reviewing the fight on Youtube.com I had the following to say.
In the first round, Lomachenko outworked Haney with more movement. Loma’s round. In the second round, Haney came back with good rights to the body of Lomachenko. Haney’s round. In the third round, Lomachenko came back using better footwork and hand speed to take the round. Loma’s round.
In the fourth round, Haney came back well enough to take a close round. Haney’s round. In the fifth round halfway point, Lomachenko drove Haney back to the ropes with a combination of punches. Referee Harvey Dock warned Haney for pushing Lomachenko to the canvas. Loma’s round.
In the sixth round, Haney worked the body quite well but was warned by Referee Dock for hitting behind the head. Haney’s round. In the seventh round, Lomachenko landed a pair of lefts to the chin backing Haney up. Haney landed a good left hook to the chin of Lomachenko in the final minute but Lomachenko countered well in return. Loma’s round.
In the eighth round, both had their moments. In the final minute, a jab by Lomachenko snapped back the head of Haney. In the final seconds, Haney scored with a right to the chin of Lomachenko. Haney’s round. In the ninth and tenth rounds, Lomachenko came back well outworking Haney for the most part. Loma’s rounds.
In the eleventh round, Lomachenko had Haney in a corner firing away in the first minute. Midway through the round again Lomachenko landed a flurry of punches putting Haney into a corner. Loma’s round. In the twelfth and final round, Haney had a good round, landing rights throughout. Haney’s round.
Harvey Dock one of the most underrated referees in the business did a fine job.
I didn’t see the entire fight live and all the reviews went to Lomachenko whether it was Davis, Garcia, or whoever commented. After reviewing it I had it 115-113 Lomachenko not 115-113 Haney not viewing the entire fight live.
Haney will never give Lomachenko a rematch. Haney may even move up to super welterweight to avoid it. Shakur Stevenson and Gervonta “Tank” Davis both want Haney who I thought was overrated going into this fight. I felt Lomachenko looked much better in this one than in the Lopez fight that I had 115-113 Lopez.