Devin Haney, the undisputed WBA (Super), WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion, is set to face off against former unified lightweight champion and three-division world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko in a highly anticipated bout for the undisputed lightweight championship. The fight will take place on May 20, 2023, at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada.
The matchup between these two fighters has been on the radar since 2019, when Lomachenko chose to become the WBC "franchise champion" instead of facing Haney, leading to accusations of "ducking." here...
Devin Haney, a 24-year-old American boxer, achieved the remarkable feat of becoming the first undisputed lightweight champion in the four-belt era by defeating George Kambosos Jr. in June 2022. Starting his boxing journey at the age of seven, Haney rose through the ranks to become the youngest world champion in boxing when he was elevated to the WBC lightweight champion in October 2019. With an undefeated record of 29-0-0 and fifteen wins by knockout, Haney has proven himself as a formidable force in the lightweight division.
Vasiliy Lomachenko, a 35-year-old Ukrainian boxer, boasts an impressive career with multiple world championships in three weight classes, including unified and lineal titles at lightweight. Known for his exceptional hand speed, precision, athleticism, defensive skills, and footwork, Lomachenko has a record of 17-2-0. His amateur background includes consecutive gold medals at the 2008 Olympics and victories at various international championships.
When it comes to betting odds, Devin Haney is favored to win with odds of 1.35 on Bet365, while Lomachenko is considered the underdog with odds of 3.20 on Bet365. The possibility of the fight not going the distance is valued at 4.5 odds on Coinplay, indicating a potential for a stoppage or knockout. Similarly, the odds of round 12 starting are also listed at 4.5 on Coinplay, implying the potential for an early conclusion to the fight.
For those considering specific outcomes, 1XBET offers odds of 1.66 for Haney winning by decision and odds of 7.5 for Haney winning by KO/TKO.
As Haney and Lomachenko collide for the undisputed lightweight championship, fans can expect an exhilarating showdown between two highly skilled fighters. The outcome of this bout will determine the future of the lightweight division, making it a captivating event for both boxing enthusiasts and bettors alike.
In this particular fight, I’ll pick youth over experience. Don’t get me wrong, Lomachenko was an exceptional fighter, a virtuoso technician in the ring; however, Haney is at the peak of his prime and is proving doubters wrong by racking up strings of jaw-dropping performances in the ring. It’s going to be a chess match in the first six rounds, with neither boxer giving an inch of opening to the other. However, in the latter rounds, we will finally see the brilliance of Haney in measuring up his foe and throwing the perfect combinations that will tilt the balance of the fight in his favor.
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Prediction: Haney via Unanimous Decision
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