Devin Haney’s win over Vasiliy Lomachenko this past weekend has seemingly split opinion amongst the boxing fraternity more than any fight in recent memory.
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.
Oscar De La Hoya, however, was less diplomatic in his view on social media, where he did not mince his words about who he felt deserved to get their hand raised at the MGM Grand on Saturday night.
“Loma won hands down!!!
Whoever thinks Loma didn’t win does not know shit about boxing.”
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.