By Brian Webber: Bob Arum says Vasyl Lomachenko’s fight against Jamaine Ortiz on Saturday night could answer the question of whether he is ready to challenge Devin Haney for his lightweight championship.
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Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) has been out of the ring for almost a year, and hasn’t faced a major opponent at 135 since his loss to former heavyweight champion Teofimo Lopez in 2020.
Unsurprisingly, Arum isn’t sure if Lomachenko will be ready to take on Haney. If not, then it’s safe to say the two will never fight because Devin is moving soon, probably in his next fight.
While Arum would like to fight Haney vs. Lomachenko while Devin still signed with Top Rank, that he is doubtful if that will happen.
Haney’s father, Bill Haney, in an interview today, brought up how Devin looked at the weigh-ins for his last fight against George Kambosos Jr. two weeks ago, and seems to be planting the seeds for an apology. of why. he will not fight Lomachenko.
If Haney gives up his four belts at 135 to move up to 140, Bill will probably tell the press that he can’t safely make the weight, so he has to.
“We have to see where Loma is after his fight on Saturday. Is he ready for Devin Haney?” Bob Arum told Boxing Cornerman.
“They can’t all fight at the same time, but they can all fight within a year of each other,” Arum said of his hopes of having his fighters Lomachenko, Haney, and Shakur Stevenson fight each other.
“It would be good if two of them fight in the first fight and the third fight against the winner. This will be the perfect way to set everything up. We will see. These are all my friends, and I will talk to them all.
“We loaded it with a lot of good things, and this is, in fact, an Olympic card because Loma has two Olympic gold medals, which is rare, and Robeisy Ramirez has two Olympic gold medals. He is the last person to beat Shakur Stevenson.
“So all the other fighters, the Olympic athletes, also have silver medals and different metals, and they all have high hopes. Anyone who cares about boxing and buys a ticket to this game, come to the first fight. because he saw all these talented young men, who I think will become stars,” said Arum.