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Devin Haney Claims He Was Fined $400K

Devin Haney Claims He Was Fined $400K

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Devin Haney Claims He Was Fined $400K

Devin Haney Claims He Was Fined $400K

Undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) has claimed on Twitter that the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) fined him $400,000 for his shove of Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) during the ceremonial weigh-in. On May 19, Haney and Lomachenko weighed in for their title fight that took place the following day, a close bout that saw Haney win by unanimous decision.

Later last Friday, the two attended a ceremonial weigh-in. When the time came to faceoff for the fans and the cameras, Haney would push Lomachenko, an act that did not please the NSAC. Now, a few days after their fight, Haney posted this tweet:

The NSAC eventually filed a complaint against Haney. From the above tweet, it appears that they also heavily fined him. Haney’s purse has been estimated to be $4 million.

Has the NSAC done this before?

In the past, the NSAC has punished fighters for various offenses. In 2018, boxers Saul ‘Canelo’ Alvarez and Kenichi Ogawa received six-month bans for failing drug tests. Jessica Rakoczy, who has competed in boxing and MMA, received a one-month ban and $833 fine for taking medication for back pain prior to an MMA fight in 2010. MMA fighter Pedro Munhoz received a $2500 for jumping the cage in 2019.

There does appear to be a precedent for fining fighters due to pre-fight antics, though not necessarily at weigh-ins. Jon Jones and Daniel Cormier received fines for brawling in the hotel lobby in 2014.

In the end, Haney got his hand raised in a narrow, controversial, unanimous decision victory to retain his WBC/WBA/IBF/WBO belts.

It appears that the NSAC is looking to take stronger action against weigh-in antics. By fining Haney, they seem to be setting an example, even if it is to the displeasure of many.

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Currently writing out of Toronto, Canada, Saadeq first became a boxing fan while living in Doha, Qatar. Looking to become more involved in the sport, he began writing about boxing and has had work published in outlets such as Seconds Out and Boxing Social. He looks forward to continue covering boxing on Big Fight Weekend.

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