Haney vs. Lomachenko will emanate from the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. Lomachenko is a former WBA, WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion, but he didn’t become the undisputed titleholder in the weight class. During a press conference hyping up the event, Lomachenko said this is his last chance at the undisputed lightweight gold. He also said he can’t worry about what the future holds.
“I’m excited for May 20. This is my second chance, and I will try my best. Thank you to Team Haney for the opportunity. We are all prepared for this.”
“You can’t think about your future when there’s a war coming to your house. You just think about life and about your family and about the people around you. You think about how you can live another day. You can’t think about your job. You can’t think about a professional sport.”
“We never know what will happen. We can prepare for one strategy, but in the ring it can all change. Right now, I don’t know. I just train hard and prepare. I believe in God and in my team.”
As for Haney, he’s hoping to prove that he’s simply a level above the competition, and that includes Lomachenko.
“This is a legacy fight for me,” Haney said. “Loma at one time was No.1 pound-for-pound. A few months ago, he was higher than me on the pound-for-pound list. Now that the fight has been made, he has dropped off the pound-for-pound list. But it is what it is. We know what type of fighter he is. He deserves to be on the pound-for-pound list. Not above me, but definitely on the list. But this is a legacy fight. This is a real fight. This is not an influencer fight. This is really for the belts. This is for the gold. This is possibly to determine the best in the world as well.”
“The better the opposition, the better I am. Loma is a good fighter. But I’m on a totally different level. On fight night, the world will see that. The world will see how good Devin Haney really is.”
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