Devin Haney Believes He Has What It Takes to Beat Vasiliy Lomachenko

Devin Haney is young, but is he ready? The 20 year old contender feels Vasiliy Lomachenko is not invincible and he’s the man to prove it
May 25, 2019; Oxon Hill, MD; Devin Haney and Antonio Moran during their bout at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, MD. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing USA

Undefeated Lightweight contender Devin Haney, who faces fellow undefeated contender Zaur Abbdulev (11-0-0) for the WBC Interim Lightweight title next Saturday, September 13, feels he has the tools to beat WBC, WBA, & WBO Lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko.

Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) joined Trill Boxing Talk with hosts Black Fight Fan TV and 78SportsTV to discuss his upcoming fight and the prospect of fighting Lomachenko. Asked about his statement over the weekend that he could beat Lomachenko, Haney responded:

“I try not to really judge someone off one performance because this boxing, we can have an off night on any given night just like basketball just like football. Steph Curry can have an off night and then go for 50 the next game so you can’t really judge somebody off if one performance. Before that fight I was saying ‘I can beat Lomachenko! I can beat Lomachenko!’ But after that performance people are starting to see that you know what, this kid might be right. He might can beat Lomachenko.”

“I didn’t think that his performance was too good. He showed some flaws. He’s still is a good fighter don’t get me wrong, I think you forget Lomachenko has lost already? He isn’t invincible… This is the only person I know that sweeps his loss under the rug… Like they didn’t see it. It wasn’t on TV. It never happened.”

While the talk of fighting Lomachenko has picked up steam after Lomachenko’s performance last weekend, Haney first must take care of business on September 13 versus Zaur Abbdulev. Lomachenko also has business to take care of as he’s set to face the winner between IBF champion Richard Commey (29-2-0) and his mandatory challenger Teofimo Lopez (14-0-0) on December 14 at Madison Square Garden.

At only 20 years old Haney is one of boxing’s best young guns. Hearing the hunger and confidence in Haney’s voice has brought to mind the lyrics of one of my favorite Keith Sweat songs

“You may be young but you’re ready”

Is he young? Yes. Is he ready? We’ll soon find out

All photos by Ed Mulholland/Matchroom Boxing

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