After Devin Haney’s win over Vasiliy Lomachenko Saturday, the boxing world went up in a frenzy over the scorecards. The lightweight championship battle was judged, 115-113, 115-113, and 116-114 all in Haney’s favor.
Now although the 116-114 scorecard is pretty wild to me, I can’t be too upset at the unanimous decision being awarded to Haney. The matchup was not a robbery by any means.
Personally, I scored the match as a draw, Lomanchenko took some early and late rounds due to his quickness and just pure boxing ability. Haney, the bigger fighter, was getting some good shots in to the body and countering. Haney took the 12th rounds and the middle rounds in my opinion. But let’s be honest, if your the challenger, you need to win rounds decisively.
That’s not to say I don’t understand the outrage of the 116-114 scorecard. Because to say Loma only won four rounds is ludicrous. Haney was outboxed, plain and simple. If the 35-year-old Loma was just a few years younger, the match would be very different. But he still showed that he’s crafty and used his experience to win in the later rounds. It just so happen Haney taking the 12th round became the deciding factor.
Overall, it was one of the best main event fights so far this year. If Loma wants to stay in the ring and hold off retirement, he showed that he still deserves a big match against a top fighter. As for Haney, if his body allows him to stay at that weight, then the undisputed champion can get anyone he wants. But make no mistake about it, Haney has some corrections to fix before he steps in the ring with some young killers.