This Spring’s undisputed lightweight clash between Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko was a controversial one in the eyes of some boxing fans and pundits.
Haney retained his four world titles via unanimous decision in Las Vegas that night, however many observers felt Lomachenko was hard done by not to get the decision.
Speaking on his podcast Hotboxin’, heavyweight legend Mike Tyson revealed that, for his money, Lomachenko didn’t do enough in the MGM Grand on May 20 to pry away the young American’s four world titles.
He [Lomachenko] didn’t do enough to win his titles. I thought Haney won.”
Despite the close nature of the bout, one would have thought it unlikely that ‘The Dream’ will give the 35 year old Lomachenko a second crack at his WBC, WBO, WBA and IBF straps.
Having made no secret of the fact the cut down to 135lbs is a tough one for him, it remains unclear whether or not Haney will even remain at the weight and defend his titles or vacate and move up to super lightweight.
He has been linked to a fight with WBC 140lbs champion Regis Prograis, and his father Bill was in attendance for Prograis’ rather underwhelming win over Danielito Zorilla in New Orleans a fortnight ago.
Teofimo Lopez is now also no doubt on Haney’s radar following his victory over Josh Taylor to become WBO world champion up at super lightweight, with ‘The Takeover’ being less than complimentary of Haney since toppling Taylor at Madison Square Garden theatre.
Should Haney chose to stick around at lightweight, Shakur Stevenson is snapping at his heels for a mandatory title shot.