Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko are expected to fight for the undisputed lightweight title in the spring. Initial reports suggested that the fight would take place on May 20 in New York, but Haney denied those reports via Twitter and suggested that the venue may change. Further reporting has reaffirmed that the fight will take place in May, but the fight may move to Saudia Arabia or Las Vegas.
Regardless of when the fight takes place, Haney appears to be confident that he will come out on top. The undefeated boxer recently said that he will prove that Lomachenko is not a “master boxer.”
“A lot of people say he’s not a real lightweight. He is a smaller guy. The lightweight division is not really his class. He’s also been winning at the weight, so you can’t say that. He’s been at this weight class now for a while. He’s had time to set in,” he said, per Boxing Scene.
“He might be a master [boxer] to Bob but he’s not a master to me. He’s a fighter and human just like me. I will show that he ain’t no master.”
At 34 years old, Lomachenko appears to be entering the later stages of his career. With a pro record of 17-2, the Ukrainian fighter has picked up three straight wins since losing the undisputed lightweight title to Teofimo Lopez in 2020. Most recently, he returned from active duty with the Ukrainian military to beat Jamaine Ortiz by unanimous decision.