Boxing fans will again be in for a treat as two of the world's best lightweights meet in May, as Devin Haney prepares to take on Vasiliy Lomachenko in Las Vegas.
Devin Haney is a throwback fighter in the sense that he wants to fight the best of the best, even at 24, and he will need to be at his top level to overcome Ukraine's Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Both fighters are in their prime and their bout in May promises to provide fireworks for the duration.
|What||Devin Haney v Vasiliy Lomachenko|
|Where||MGM Grand, Las Vegas|
|When||04:00, Sunday May 21st 2023|
|How to watch||Sky Sports Main Event @ Action|
|Odds||Devin Haney 4/11, Vasiliy Lomachenko 2/1|
Haney and Lomachenko are due to fight on Sunday May 21st 2023.
The main card is due to start at 02:00, while both Haney and Lomachenko are due to make their ringwalks at 04:00. This may change depending on the outcome of the undercard bouts.
Haney and Lomachenko will fight inside the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, known as the fight capital of the world.
A capacity crowd of 16,800 will be expected to pack into the Arena, which has hosted some of the world's biggest fights.
Haney last fought there in 2021, beating Joseph Diaz on points, while Lomachenko lost to Teofimo Lopez in the same venue in 2020.
Sky Sports have confirmed they will broadcast the fight at no extra cost to customers, on their Main Event and Action channels.
Haney is as short as 4/11 to win May's bout in Las Vegas, while Lomachenko is the 2/1 outsider.
Lomachenko remains one of the best boxers in the world, but Haney is 11 years younger and looking to rule the sport for the next decade.
Lomachenko has never been stopped, so a Haney win by decision or technical decision at 8/13 is likely to be a popular bet.
Haney is the undisputed world lightweight champion after a run of impressive victories, and he is willing to put all of his belts on the line against Lomachenko.
Haney's IBF, WBA Super, WBC, and WBO lightweight titles will be up for grabs in May.
Haney has held the WBC title since November 2019, while he beat Australia's George Kambosos Jr to win the remainder of the belts in June 2022.
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Haney has never lost as a professional and his record stands at 29-0.
The American turned professional in 2015, defeating Gonzalo Lopez Rodriguez via TKO.
It was not until 2019 that he made a name for himself when he won the WBC International and WBO Inter-Continental Lightweight titles after beating Xolisani Ndongeni in Shreveport.
In 2020, he defeated Yuriorkis Gamboa on points, before securing a decision victory over Jorge Linares in May 2021.
He finished 2021 with a victory over Joseph Diaz before unifying the division in 2022 when beating Kambosos Jr in June, before then overcoming the Aussie in a rematch in October.
Haney has shown tremendous skill of late, winning his last six bouts via decision, but he has also recorded 15 stoppage wins during his 29-fight career.
Lomachenko is still regarded as one of the world's best amateurs ever, and he has done extremely well in the paid ranks since turning professional in 2013.
As an amateur, Lomachenko finished with a record of 396 wins and 1 loss, while as a pro his CV reads 17-2.
Unlike Haney, he has held world titles in three world classes, from featherweight to lightweight.
Lomachenko was beaten by Orlando Salido via a split decision in only his second fight, but he worked incredibly hard to make his way back to the top of the division.
He beat Gary Allen Russell Jr to win the WBO featherweight title in June 2014, before he battled past Roman Martinez to clinch the WBO junior lightweight title.
Lomachenko then overcame Linares in May 2018 to win the WBA Super and The Ring lightweight titles.
Lopez is the only fighter to beat Lomachenko since 2014 and, since losing to Lopez, the Ukrainian has won three on the spin.
Masayoshi Nakatani, Richard Commey, and Jamaie Ortiz were all outclassed by Lomachenko, and six of his 17 wins have come before the final bell.
The full undercard has yet to be finalised ahead of the May show, as Nico Ali Walsh - who will open the card - has yet to have an opponent confirmed.
Junto Nakatani and Andrew Moloney will meet for the WBO super flyweight title, while at super featherweight, Oscar Valdez and Adam Lopez will go toe-to-toe.
Jeremia Nakathila and Raymond Muratalla will also clash in what is expected to be the chief support for Haney versus Lomachenko.
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