Saturday, May 20 will be a great day for boxing! Kicking things off, undisputed lightweight champion Katie Taylor will challenge undisputed super lightweight champion Chantelle Cameron in Ireland. Hours later, another undisputed lightweight champion by the name of Devin Haney will enter the ring. At 29-0, he will put his unblemished record on the line against former titleholder Vasyl Lomachenko. Haney is the prohibitive betting favorite, but insiders are not prepared to count out the former champion as he has only lost three fights as a professional or an amateur. However, Haney doesn’t believe that his amateur success and pedigree will have much of an impact on Saturday’s match.
“He’s known for his big amateur background. He had a lot of amateur fights and a lot victories and all that, a lot of people still talk about that but at the end of the day this the pros, it’s the big leagues,” Haney said, according to Bad Left Hook.
The undisputed lightweight champion believes that Lomachenko will have to work his way into the inside and use a more gritty approach if he has any shot of winning the fight. Still, the reigning champion is confident that he will prevail.
“We gotta just see. We know Loma, we know that’s his game plan to get inside, make it dirty as possible, try to hit on the break and do things like that. But I’m a strong fighter, I’m big, I’m conditioned, and I’m gonna go in there and break him down,” Haney continued.
“I know that’s his game plan, to go in there and break me down and wait until I get tired and all that, but I’m gonna go in there and break him down and he’s gonna be tired.”
On Saturday, Haney will have an opportunity back up his claims when the two men meet in the center of the ring in Las Vegas on ESPN PPV.