Of Dan Ambrose: Promoter Bob Arum revealed today that the Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomachenko fight is all but wrapped up for next year.
Arum says the date and venue for the Haney-Lomachenko bout will be announced soon.
Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) will defend his undisputed lightweight title against former three-division world champion Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) in what many boxing fans will be looking forward to.
The 34-year-old Lomachenko did not look good in his last fight, coming off a 10-month layoff to defeat his former sparring partner Jamaine Ortiz by a 12-round unanimous decision on October 29 in New York.
After a slow start in which Lomachenko was beaten down and shockingly dominated by the faster, bigger and more mobile 26-year-old Jamaine (16-1-1, 8 KOs), he rallied to win the fight with his strong finish in the championship rounds.
“Yes, we are looking at the site and date and we will make an announcement soon,” Bob Arum told Pro Boxing Fans about the fight between Devin Haney and Vasyl Lomachenko in the first half of 2023.
Lomachenko looked significantly smaller as Haney entered the ring after his victory over Ortiz to begin hyping their clash. Loma, who looked two divisions smaller than Haney in welterweight size, remarked that he looked like a heavyweight.
Obviously, Lomachenko went a little overboard by saying Haney was heavyweight size. Still, he would have been absolutely correct if he said he resembled a middleweight or a junior middleweight.
For Lomachenko to have any chance of defeating the much larger Haney, he needs a way to deal with his size advantage. Haney lacks power and hand speed, but he has an excellent jab.
Haney tends to stay on the outside, jab, then tie up his smaller foes when they get in range to land shots. To deal with Haney’s frequent clinching, it will require Lomachenko to fight hard in the clinch and not just give up and wait for the referee to break them up.
Former lightweight champion George Kambosos Jr made the mistake of passively waiting for the referee to pull Haney off him when the two were in the clinch instead of fighting through it. This allowed Haney to club Kambosos with shots in the clinch and take advantage of his passivity.
Haney, 24, isn’t going to be able to stay at lightweight much longer as he looked completely depleted, making the 135-pound limit for his last two fights.