Via Brian Webber: Top Rated promoter Bob Arum said he spoke to Devin Haney and his father Bill Haney about fighting Vasyl Lomachenko next. The Haneys can agree to face Lomachenko as long as they get past their next opponent.
At first, Haney seemed cold to the idea of fighting Lomachenko. He said he would let his father Bill decide if he was ready for that fight or not. At this point, the only way we won’t see Haney take on Loma is if he doesn’t impress in his rematch with George Kambosos Jr.
Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) will return from the war zone in Ukraine to face Jamaine Ortiz (16-0.8 KOs) on October 9 on ESPN at Madison Square Garden in New York.
For her part, undisputed lightweight champion Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) is defending against George Kambosos Jr in a rematch on October 16 at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
There’s a lot of curiosity about former triple world champion Lomachenko as he looks impressive again after his loss to Teofimo Lopez in 2020.
It was a fight that Lomachenko fought with one arm, but he almost beat Teofimo on his best night.
After that loss, Lomachenko won his next two matches, beating Teofimo’s old rivals Masayoshi Nakatani and Richard Commey.
“He will fight on October 29 against [Jamaine] Ortiz, a pretty underweight in the Garden, and if he succeeds there, I hope to duel him to the winner Haney-Kambosos,” Bob Arum told. Secondsout when asked about his plans for Vasyl Lomachenko.
“I haven’t talked to the Kambosos guys about it yet, but I’ve talked to Devin and Bill Haney, and that’s the fight they want,” Arum said of Haney wanting Lomachenko next if they beat George Kambosos. Jr in the October 16 rematch in Melbourne, Australia.
If Haney chooses not to fight Lomachenko, it will be interesting to see who Arum can dig up Loma to fight. It’s safe to say that Ryan Garcia and Gervonta ‘The Tank’ Davis won’t want to fight Lomachenko.
You can also add Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz to that list. Most likely, Arum will have to compete with Lomachenko against Shakur Stevenson at the age of 130.