By: Sean Crose
The undisputed light-weight championship was at stake Saturday evening as defending champion Devin Haney took on former world titlist Vasyl Lomachenko in a scheduled 12 spherical ESPN pay per view foremost occasion on the MGM Grand in Las Vegas. Every man had a lot at stake. The youthful Haney, 29-0, wished to claim himself as among the best fighters within the up to date battle sport whereas the older Lomachenko, 17-2, regarded to reestablish himself as a as soon as in a lifetime expertise.
Loma had a robust first – but it surely was shut. Each males threw and landed some efficient pictures. The second, like the primary, was excessive depth and quick paced. Haney landed effectively early, Loma landed effectively later. The third was just like the earlier two rounds. Loma, nonetheless, was having higher moments – not that Haney wasn’t having moments of his personal. The 2 males went down after they tied up on the finish of the fourth – although Haney had the higher flashes within the chapter.
Haney’s physique work instructed the story of the fifth. Loma did effectively within the sixth, however Haney did higher. The person’s physique work was paying off. The extraordinary seventh noticed each fighters buying and selling punches. Loma’s nonetheless, might have been a bit extra crisp. It was a VERY shut – and entertaining – battle. Issues remained shut within the eighth. Every man was having terrific moments, Loma with head pictures, defending champion Haney with spectacular physique pictures.
By the ninth, the conditioning of the 2 fighters was a marvel. They wouldn’t decelerate, these two. Haney, nonetheless, carried out higher within the spherical. Loma damage his man within the tenth. Haney held intelligently, however Loma dominated for the primary time within the battle. The eleventh spherical was straightforward to explain: Haney merely obtained crushed up by the veteran Loma. Haney, nonetheless, was capable of rally and pull off the twelfth. It was fairly a battle.
The judges dominated thus:
116-112, 115-113, 115-113, all for Haney.
“I’ve obtained to take my hat off to Loma,” Haney stated afterward. “He’s my hardest opponent.”
“I don’t wish to discuss this,” stated Lomachenko. “All folks noticed what occurred as we speak.”