Former super-middleweight champion, Joe Calzaghe, has shared his thoughts following Devin Haney’s victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko – which seems to have the boxing world split.
Haney edged out the Ukrainian by a close unanimous decision, but many viewers and pundits were of the opinion that ‘Loma’ had done enough to win. Albeit a tough bout to score, with many 50/50 rounds, the scoring of Dave Moretti, who gave the tenth stanza, which was one Lomachenko’s most dominant, to Haney has caused outrage amongst fans.
Welsh boxing legend, Calzaghe, admitted that the clash was close, but ultimately felt the judges got the scoring wrong and that the challenger had done enough to put an end to Haney’s unbeaten record.
Speaking to Boxing King Media, Calzaghe said:
“I watched that fight, it was quite a close fight, but I thought that Lomachenko won that fight. He probably deserved it, but it was a great fight to watch.”
Lomachenko believed he was well ahead in the fight and even admitted to taking the twelfth round off, in order not to risk getting caught with something from the American.
The 35-year-old has subsequently released a statement, where he thanked his fans for their support during what has been a gruelling few days and hinted that he’s not yet ready to hang up the gloves.
As for Haney, there was speculation that ‘The Dream’ would move up in weight after the fight, but with no announcement as of yet it’s possible he may stick around to defend his lightweight titles.
Former super-featherweight champion, Shakur Stevenson, seems poised to challenge for the undisputed crown next, calling Haney out in the ring on Saturday night, in what looks set to be another ‘chess match’ style clash.