Titleist promoter Bob Arum says he wants to make Devin Haney and Vasyl Lomachenko the next fight for the light heavyweight championship if Loma wins his fight this Saturday, October 29, against Jamaine Ortiz at Madison Square Garden in New York.
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Haney’s father, Bill, will be on the sidelines of Lomachenko’s fight with Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs), and they will have discussions about Devin’s future.
If Haney chooses not to fight Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs), Arum said Shakur Stevenson would be Devin’s choice, or he could move to 140.
However, you have to admit that if Haney doesn’t want to get into a fight with Lomachenko, the same goes for him not wanting anything to do with Shakur either.
Those guys are more skilled than Haney (29-0, 15 KOs), and they don’t get hit like he used to. Although Haney was outclassed by George Kambosos Jr in their two fights, he hit him a lot.
Haney, 23, is having a hard time making the 135-pound limit, as many boxing fans have noticed. Devin looked like a living demon at the weigh-in for his rematch with Kambosos on October 16, and after re-watering, he looked like a welterweight.
In the last four months, Haney seems to have grown, because he did not get tired looking at his first fight with Kambosos last June.
“Haney has proven that he belongs, he is one of the best heavyweights in the world if not the best, and his father Bill will be here. [at Madison Square Garden in New York to watch Lomachenko,” said Bob Arum to Fight Hub TV about the plans for Vasyl Lomachenko if he beats Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday.
“We’ll all sit down afterward and talk about the future. I think Haney and Lomachenko would be tremendous, but so would Shakur against either of them. So there are a lot of great fights that we can make in the lightweight division.
“Yeah, in a perfect scenario,” said Arum when asked if the ideal scenario would be for Haney to defend his undisputed lightweight championship against Lomachenko next.
“But Haney may decide he wants to go up to 140. He’s a big kid; he doesn’t want to. So, again, you know, we’re all friends. We’ll sit down and work things out to everybody’s mutual satisfaction,” said Arum.