ROBBED: Fans are screaming 'robbery' after Devin Haney defeated Vasyl Lomachenko through unanimous decision KossyDerrickBlog KossyDerrickEnt


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Sunday, May 21, 2023

ROBBED: Fans are screaming 'robbery' after Devin Haney defeated Vasyl Lomachenko through unanimous decision

Fans are screaming 'robbery' after Devin Haney defeated Vasyl Lomachenko through unanimous decision

The Ukrainian put in a stellar display and can feel hard-done by there with many thinking he had done enough to win the fight.

However, he refused to comment on the judges' decision as he said: 'First of all thank you to God and also thank you to my team and you guys (in the crowd).

'Thank you very much. I don't want to talk about it (the result) all the people can see what happened today.

'I think I showed I can be in the boxing and I'm in good shape. See you next time. I can't talk about the result right now it's just not a comfortable moment for me right now but thank you everyone who came.

'Everything was in the rules. I thought he would be better but he's a tough fighter but he's not the pound-for-pound fighter.

'Right now, I want to go home and support my country and my Ukraine Orthodox church.'

The fight saw constant momentum swings, with Haney getting off to a strong start, especially showing a dedication to working punches to Lomachenko's body, especially with his right hand. Despite being known as a jab-focused fighter, Haney relied very little on his most famous tool against his toughest opponent to date.

Lomachenko also shed his reputation as a slow starter, going hard from the opening round, even if Haney got off to the better start of the two. He also did not allow Haney to control the fight through size and strength, often being the man controlling position in the clinch and constantly walking Haney down. 

The most dominant rounds in the fight were Round 10 and 11, where Lomachenko picked up the pace and stung Haney repeatedly. While Lomachenko appeared to have taken full control of the fight against a fatigued Haney, it was Haney who delivered in Round 12, doing enough to take the fight on all three official scorecards.

The vast majority of the rounds were very close and hard to call, leaving plenty of mystery as to who would have their hand raised as the official scorecards were read. Haney's performance in Round 12 turned out to be critical as his sweep of the round prevented the fight from being scored a majority draw.

The crowd are not happy at all with that result and Haney is being vociferously booed as he's interviewed inside the ring.

Speaking post-fight, fresh off defending his world titles, Haney said: 'Lomachenko is a future Hall-of-Famer and it was a blessing. I want to thank Allah for this.

'I tip my hat off to him, he's been my toughest opponent by far and we put on a great fight for the fans. He's a crafty fighter and turns it up in championship rounds and I've got to tip my hat off to him.

'It's all experience, my team will go back and reflect on this fight. We'll go back and figure out what's next.'

He continued: 'This is my eighth title defence and there's a lot of great fighters again so we might go up to 135. This fight put me in the history books forever.'

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