Devin Haney has revealed that he has been fined $400,000 by the Nevada State Athletic Commission for the hard shove he gave Vasiliy Lomachenko at the weigh-in last Friday ahead of their undisputed lightweight world title fight in Las Vegas.
In what seemed to be a fairly out of character move from Haney, he pushed Lomachenko across the stage the final time the pair locked eyes before stepping into the ring.
And he took to social media to admit that he had been heavily fined for the move, as well as to call Lomachenko a ‘sore loser’ in the same post.
Despite the fact all three ringside judges awarded the contest to Haney, most observers online seemed to side with ‘Loma,’ although the fight was undoubtedly close and could have gone either way.
All three scorecards awarded defending champion Haney the win – 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113 – despite the fact he landed only 110 punches to Lomachenko’s 124.
It seems unlikely the American will give the 35 year old Lomachenko a rematch, even though the fight was potentially close enough to warrant one.
With Haney emerging victorious, it looks likely that Top Rank will try to match him against the unbeaten Shakur Stevenson, if ‘The Dream’ decides to stay at 135lbs and defend his undisputed title.
Stevenson entered the ring after Haney’s victory on Saturday night, and made no secret about the fact he thought his countryman was a touch fortunate to get the decision.
A two weight world champion aged just 25, Stevenson announced his arrival to the lightweight division last month and will be hopeful Haney sticks around at the weight so he can get a chance to become undisputed in his next outing.