Vasiliy Lomachenko has spoken days after his devastating loss to Devin Haney, a fight which many fans had him winning.
The elite Ukrainian – who was one of the most successful amateurs the sport has ever seen – fought well against the champion, even buzzing him in the championship rounds.
After twelve sets of three minutes that displayed extreme levels of technique and timing on the part of both men, the judges deemed Lomachenko’s efforts not enough, and awarded a unanimous decision to Haney.
Plenty of fighters, analysts and fans have backed Loma in his belief the he won the fight, and he took to social media to thank those who had sent him messages in the wake of the decision.
“I received a lot of messages from fans around the world. It’s very, very nice and I’m very happy to read your very, very warm words. I just wanted to say big thank you for your support, for the people who come to Saturday night and saw what happened that night.”
He has made it no secret that becoming undisputed at 135lb is a career-goal of his, and it seems as of now that it still remains.
“It is what it is. Life is not cancelled. Our goal in the future. God bless all people around the world.”
Whilst there are of calls for a rematch, Haney is more likely to go onto defend his four belts against Shakur Stevenson.
The champion has made it clear that he’ll be moving up a division soon, and said that Stevenson along with Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis are the only fights that interest him at lightweight.
It’s unclear what route Lomachenko takes next, but, at 35-years-old, it will have to punch perfect. Unfortunately for him, he feels that about this time around, and that didn’t work out in his favour.