By Craig Daly: Vasyl Lomachenko says Devin Haney is “scared” give him a rematch because he knows he lost their fight and doesn’t want to face him again to be defeated.
Lomachenko says Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) will now move up to 140 and face “ordinary boxers” as he now knows his level. He won’t want to risk his undefeated record fighting good fighters at welterweight.
Surprisingly, after all of Haney’s brave talk before his fight with Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs), he doesn’t feel the need to explain the controversy surrounding their fight.
Looks like Haney’s waiting Gervont “Tank” Davis offer to fight him to earn the money Ryan Garcia recently won against a popular Baltimore resident.
His wish may come true as Gervonta’s trainer Calvin Ford said this weekend that he wants Haney next for him, and if that fight doesn’t go ahead, a rematch with Isaac “Pitbull” Cruz will be plan B.
“I watched the replay of this fight and my score is 8-4,” said Vasyl Lomachenko ESNEWS about his fight with Devin Haney. “My result was subjective, but the real result is close to 7-5.
“It won’t happen because he’s afraid. He understands he lost the fight,” said Lomachenko of his belief that Haney would never give him a rematch. Everyone heard what he said after the ninth round. It never happened. It never happened.
“That will never happen because now he (Haney) understands his level. Now I think he’ll go down to 140 and fight regular boxers,” Lomachenko said when asked if Haney would fight Gervonta Davis.
“If I was in a situation with Haney, he would talk about legacy before the fight. But if you’re talking about legacy, you’ve got to do the rematch. He must exact revenge in a rematch, but everything is in his hands.
“He needs that rematch, not me, because I sleep very well, because I understand. You must be a strong man inside. If you’re a strong man inside, you have to arrange a rematch, but I don’t think that’s ever going to happen.
“A lot of people are talking about the twelfth round. I lost that round, but I understand that I just kept my score and condition and finished the fight. After twelve rounds I was sure I had won the fight and I was very happy.
“I was waiting for the announcer to say my name” and “new,” but it didn’t. We must continue to love this sport. We have to keep following boxing because it’s a very interesting sport, but sometimes we make bad decisions,” said Lomachenko.
“I am very surprised and happy that I have many fans around the world.”
“I said in the pre-fight press conference that if Haney beats Loma, I will be the first to cast my vote for No. 1 pound for pound. He didn’t beat Loma. Loma won this fight and I’m not going to put him first,” said Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager.
“In this weight class, the two biggest are Loma and Tank.”