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Tale Of The Tape
Devin Haney is seeking to cement his legacy as one of the best fighters on the planet by defeating certified legend Vasyl Lomachenko and retain his undisputed lightweight titles.
The American, who has vowed to turn ‘non-believers into believers’, has longed for a fight against the two-time Olympic champion to truly earn the respect he believes he serves.
As for ‘Loma’, the Ukrainian has defied the odds and stunned the world time and time again throughout his glittering career, but may need to pull the biggest rabbit out of the proverbial hat in Las Vegas at the MGM Grand Garden Arena on Saturday night.
|DEVIN HANEY||VASYL LOMACHENKO|
|Ben Davison||TRAINER||Anatoly Lomachenko|
|29-0 (15 KOs)||RECORD||17-2 (11 KOs)|
|Undisputed Lightweight Champ||TITLES||N/A|
|W - UD v George Kambosos Jr (Oct 2022)||LAST FIGHT||W - UD v Jamie Ortiz (Oct 2022)|
Haney: "On paper, this is my toughest test. But I look to make it an easy night. I look to make it as easy as possible and come out victorious.
"I have been calling for this fight for four years. But the time has finally come. I take my hat off to him. I respect everything that he's done. I respect his decision to stay and defend his country. That gave me my shot to go to Australia, so it was only right that I give him the shot as well."
Lomachenko: "I believe that when you say something, you need to prove it, I have a lot of experience in boxing, and anything can happen during a fight.
"I just think about what I need to do during a fight - and my goal is to become the undisputed champion of the world.”
What To Expect
Haney's recent performances have showcased his ability to control fights with his jab and win on points. He is expected to employ a similar strategy against Lomachenko, using his size advantage and fighting at range to accumulate rounds without taking significant risks.
Lomachenko, on the other hand, has faced challenges against opponents with a size advantage in the past, and it is mentioned that size remains an issue for him at the 135-pound weight class. He will likely need to take risks and close the distance to be effective against Haney. Lomachenko's trademark combinations and pressure fighting style will be his weapons of choice.
While Lomachenko is known for being a slow starter, he will need to start faster than usual and maintain a high level of activity throughout the fight. However, Haney is portrayed as a highly intelligent fighter with superior footwork, speed, and reflexes. He is expected to be able to evade Lomachenko's traps and gradually wear down the experienced veteran.
Lomachenko has never been stopped, and despite not having the same level of agility as before, he possesses a durable chin and a warrior spirit. As a result, the smart money should go towards the distance, with Devin Haney ultimately winning by decision.
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