By Jim Maltzman: Vasily Lomachenko stays a potential choice for WBC light-weight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney’s subsequent battle, says promoter Eddie Hearn.
The favored Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn says Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) is the “most popular” opponent for Devin (25-0, 15 KOs) to face, however what might stop the battle from occurring is Prime Rank promoter Bob Arum.
Hearn says he heard Arum say that he desires to attend till Haney is not with DAZN earlier than making the match with Lomachenko, and sadly, that’s not going to occur quickly.
If Arum chooses to not comply with let Lomachenko take the battle, Hearn says he’ll decide #3 WBC Jorge Linares (47-5, 29 KOs) as Haney’s subsequent opponent.
Linares, 35, is an efficient opponent for Haney to battle, however he’s clearly not on the similar stage as Lomachenko. With a document of 3-2 in his final 5 fights, Linares received’t seize the identical quantity of curiosity from the boxing public as if Haney defends towards Lomachenko.
By preventing Lomachenko, Haney provides the followers an opportunity to match him to Teofimo Lopez, as he just lately defeated Loma by a 12 spherical unanimous determination final October.
Hearn isn’t saying whether or not he believes Haney can beat Lomachenko. If he’s cautious of Haney’s possibilities of profitable that battle, he could drag his toes and never push too onerous to get Prime Rank to make the Haney-Lomachenko bout.
If you happen to’re Bob Arum, you bought to love the Haney battle for Lomachenko as a result of it’s one which he would have probability of profitable. Haney, 22, remains to be growing as a fighter, and he lacks the expertise to tackle a man like Lomachenko,
“Invoice Haney known as me and stated, ‘Make the Lomachenko battle,” Hearn instructed IFL TV on Friday. “I’m completely satisfied to do this battle, and Devin is very happy to battle Lomachenko.
“That might in all probability be a most popular battle to Linares. But when we are able to’t, Linares is just about agreed and able to go. I believe it’ll be [Linares that Haney fights rather than Lomachenko],” stated Hearn.
Lomachenko received’t get the identical type of credit score from boxing followers if he beats Haney as if he had been to avenge his defeat towards Teofimo. Disappointingly, Lomachenko can’t get the rematch with Teofimo as a result of he doesn’t wish to battle him. Teofimo has moved on and plans on dealing with George Kambosos Jr subsequent to satisfy his IBF obligatory necessities.
Haney is ready the place he wants the most important title potential to indicate that he’s the primary man at 135 and never the undisputed light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez.
As of now, Teofimo, 23, is seen by boxing followers because the #1 fighter within the division primarily based on his victory over Lomachenko
“I noticed Bob’s interview final night time the place he stated, ‘We wouldn’t do this battle [Lomachenko vs. Haney] on DAZN, so we’ll wait till Devin Haney is a free agent.’ You’ll be ready for a very long time,” stated Hearn in sending a message to Arum.
Bob Arum has received to know that Hearn will shortly resign Haney as soon as his contract expires. Haney appears proud of Matchroom Boxing, and he’s not more likely to depart.
Arum ought to take into account letting Lomachenko take the battle with Haney as a result of it’ll present the two-time Olympic gold medalist his quickest path to profitable a world title.
Lomachenko is ranked #1 with the World Boxing Council, which implies he will probably be made Haney’s obligatory quickly anyway. It’d take one other 12 months earlier than Lomachenko will get made the obligatory, although, as a result of Ryan Garcia has already earned that spot.
Haney vs. Linares isn’t a nasty battle. Followers effectively know Linares within the U.S, and he’s coming off a formidable stoppage final 12 months towards Carlos Morales in February 2020. Linares has been out of the ring for over a 12 months now, however that’s not Haney’s downside.