Vasiliy Lomachenko Analyzes Devin Haney’s Performance Against Jorge Linares: ‘Haney Was Trying To Survive, When I Fought Linares, He Was In His Prime’


Posted on 06/12/2021

By: Hans Themistode

Vasiliy Lomachenko is busy placing the ultimate ending touches on his coaching camp as he prepares to return to the ring in opposition to light-weight contender Masayoshi Nakatani on June twenty sixth, on the Virgin Lodges, in Las Vegas, Nevada. However even because the Ukrainian is totally centered on the duty at hand, he nonetheless took a little bit of time away from his busy schedule to flick on the tv and watch some boxing. Only a few weeks in the past, Lomachenko discovered one matchup, particularly, to be very intriguing.

Present WBC light-weight champion Devin Haney took on former multiple-time champion, Jorge Linares. Over the previous few months, each Haney and Lomachenko have exchanged verbal jabs with each other over the potential of a future showdown. Though Lomachenko believes he’ll punish Haney if the 2 ever did face off, he did give the 22-year-old his props for wanting explosive within the ring.

“It was an excellent combat,” mentioned Lomachenko throughout an interview with SnowQueenLA. “He present us his talent. He’s a really sensible boxer.

Haney, a Las Vegas resident, used each weapon in his toolbox on that Saturday evening to drag off the win. Whereas he regarded spectacular for the overwhelming majority of their combat, Haney had severe issues happening the stretch.

On the tail finish of the tenth, Haney was rocked and visibly staggered to his nook. For the rest of their contest, Haney refused to let his arms go and held Linares seemingly each second he may. Earlier than getting rattled, Lomachenko couldn’t assist however be impressed with the younger titleholder however contemplating how he completed the combat, all of the Ukrainian may do was shake his head in disappointment.

“He had an issue within the combat,” continued Lomachenko. “The final three rounds have been very onerous for him. No one is aware of if Linares catches him another time. Referee helped him a little bit bit as a result of Haney all the time maintain the final three rounds. If the referee take away some extent from Haney, I feel will probably be one other image.

“Haney was making an attempt to outlive. He was making an attempt to complete the combat someway as a result of he couldn’t do the rest. All he was in a position to do was wrestle and maintain. That’s unlawful in boxing. By doing that, he was in a position to keep away from the combat. However then once more, earlier than that one shot, he was profitable the combat. He received this combat no query however it was not straightforward.”

Within the thoughts of many, the criticism of Lomachenko would appear a bit unfair. Having shared the ring with Linares roughly three years in the past, the pound for pound stalwart is aware of good and nicely how tough he’s to beat. In Could of 2018, Lomachenko was caught with a straight proper hand from Linares and hit the deck for the primary in his profession. Regardless of the knockdown, Lomachenko rapidly peeled himself up off the canvas to cease Linares within the tenth.

Lomachenko has no situation with anybody who brings up his hard-fought battle in opposition to Linares. All that he asks, is that everybody use the right context when discussing it.

“It was flush. Yea I misplaced steadiness however I rise up and really feel good and was prepared to complete the combat. Once I fought Linares, he was in his prime. It was three years in the past and I fought Linares with one hand as a result of I had an issue with my shoulder within the second spherical. Earlier than this knockdown, I didn’t have an issue. In my view, there’s nothing to check between Haney vs Linares and my combat vs Linares. It doesn’t imply something to me as a result of the time we fought Linares was totally different. He was on the prime again then, proper now he’s an older fighter.”


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