Undisputed lightweight fight: Haney vows to retire Lomachenko

Devin Haney has vowed to send Vasyl Lomachen­ko into retirement from boxing with a win in their undis­puted title fight.

Undisputed lightweight cham­pion, Haney, retained his belts last time in a rematch with George Kambosos Jr, and will now face another formidable test in the shape of ex-world champion, Lomachenko. The Ukrainian star is considered one of the leading fighters in the division, and has gone through a rebuild after losing in his huge showdown with Teofi­mo Lopez back in 2020.

A win for Haney will continue his remarkable run and could see him thrust into huge potential challenges from fellow country­men, Gervonta Davis and Shakur Stevenson. And he believes that he is capable of first outclassing Lo­machenko while relishing his status as favourite to pick up the win.

“I want to beat him bad. I want to send him into retirement,” Haney said during an episode of Top Rank Blood Sweat & Tears as he previewed their undisputed meeting this weekend. “Lomachen­ko has never been an underdog, this is the first time. This time he’s fighting a bigger guy, a strong guy, faster guy, younger guy.

“All odds are stacked against him and on May 20, I will show the world why. Whatever he brings on fight night, it won’t be enough. I’m going to make him look average, I’m going to make him look ordi­nary. I’m gonna embarrass him and he won’t be the same.”

Lomachenko is now 35, but has not got too many miles on the clock given he has only fought 19 times as a professional boxer, with two defeats against Orlando Salido. However, he could look to retire if he does lose the bout and he could find himself frozen out of the title picture for a long time, with a queue of fresh-faced challengers to the throne.

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