LAS VEGAS (AP) — Undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney retained his titles by profitable a controversial unanimous determination over former three-division champion Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday night time on the MGM Grand Garden.
Lomachenko dominated the latter rounds and outpunched Haney, 124-110.
But a lot to the dismay of the 14,436 followers in attendance, all three judges had Haney profitable. Tim Cheatham and David Sutherland scored the battle 115-113, whereas Dave Moretti had it 116-112
“Lomachenko is a future Hall of Famer,” Haney stated. “It was a blessing. He was my toughest opponent. He was very crafty. He turns it up in the championship rounds. (This fight) put me in the history books forever.”
Haney improved to 30-0. Lomachenko, 35, dropped to 17-3.
Now Haney has a call to make, as he might be a free agent when he wakes up Sunday morning, as his three-fight cope with Top Rank and Lou DiBella is now expired.
The 24-year-old has loads of choices, as he might keep at 135 kilos for one closing battle, the place a extremely anticipated match awaits towards fellow pound-for-pound contender Shakur Stevenson, who was in attendance Saturday.
Stevenson disagreed with the outcome.
“Lomachenko should be undisputed champion — he won that fight,” Stevenson stated.
But if Haney is able to step within the ring with one other undefeated fighter, Stevenson stated, “Let’s make it happen. I can’t wait.”
Haney might additionally transfer to junior welterweight, the place he would pursue a second-division title whereas positioning himself to satisfy the winner of the June 10 battle between Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez Jr.
The wild-card bout on the market can be towards Gervonta Davis, who regarded spectacular in his win over Ryan Garcia on April 22.
Oscar Valdez manhandled Adam Lopez within the closing preliminary bout, together with a dominating tenth spherical. Valdez (31-1, 23 KOs) beat Lopez (16-5) by unanimous determination.
Raymond Muratalla pummeled Jeremia Nakathila early and the battle was stopped on the 2:48 mark of the second spherical. Muratella improved to 18-0 and 15 KOs. Nakathila dropped to 23-3
Junto Nakatani improved to 25-0 along with his nineteenth KO, droppin Andrew Moloney with a devastating left to the face within the twelfth spherical. Moloney, who fell to 25-3, was taken to University Medical Center for analysis.
Nico Ali Walsh (8-0-1) and Danny Rosenberger (13-9-5) fought to a draw, every scoring 77-75 on two of the judges’ playing cards, whereas the third completed at 76-all.
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