On Saturday, May 20, in the main event Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko, undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney defends his title against Vasiliy Lomachenko in a big fight.
Last June, American Haney unified the belts against Australian George Kambosos Jr, before returning to Kambosos’ native country to retain the titles in a rematch in October.
On both occasions, the unbeaten Haney – who is still only 24 years old – outboxed his opponent, who was previously undefeated and had taken three of Teofimo Lopez’s belts in 2021. Previously, Lopez defeated Lomachenko on points to become a unified champion in 2020, but the Ukrainian has responded with three straight wins to set up this battle with Haney in Las Vegas. Lomachenko, who has won world titles in numerous weight classes, may be nearing the end of his career. As impressive as the two-time Olympic gold medalist’s career has been, Haney will put him to the test. Here’s everything you need to know.
How to watch Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko Live:
Live Broadcast: Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko Live
When is Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko?
- Date: Saturday, May 20 (ET, PT) | Sunday, May 21 (BST, AEST)
- Prelims: 8 p.m. ET | 5 p.m. PT | 1 a.m. BST | 10 a.m. AEST
- Start time: 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT | 3 a.m. BST | 12 p.m. AEST
- Main event: 12 a.m. ET | 9 p.m. PT| 5 a.m. BST | 2 p.m. AEST (approx.)
Haney vs. Lomachenko takes place on May 20. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET | 7 p.m. PT | 3 a.m. BST | 12 p.m. AEST.
Both fighters should make their way to the ring around 12 a.m. ET | 9 p.m. PT| 5 a.m. BST | 2 p.m. AEST, depending on how long the undercard fights last.
Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko Preview:
A rivalry that began with something frivolous (a WBC franchise belt) concludes with the only thing that truly matters.
On Saturday (ESPN PPV, 10 p.m. EST), a younger champion still in his prime will battle an older, veteran former champion eager to prove that his prime isn’t over. It’s a story as old as boxing itself. Youth always triumphs in the end. Its winning date and location are unknown.
Vasiliy Lomachenko has previously visited this location. His second defeat, in a lightweight unification against Teofimo Lopez, saw youth triumph, but not in a way that announced Lomachenko had passed the test of time. Youth did not easy triumph. Lopez established his jab early on, stifling Lomachenko’s assault, which only gradually emerged in the second half of the bout. Lomachenko came on hard, but it wasn’t enough to make up the difference.
Lomachenko is now older, facing an opponent with a better jab, better feet, and a bitter recollection of when his mandatory chance at Lomachenko was substituted by the WBC finding a method to crown them both and earn title sanctioning fees from both. Could Haney have gotten to this point versus George Kambosos three years ago?
That is less relevant than whether Haney can keep his job in 2023.
It’s unusual for a champion to pursue a challenger, but undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney has been pursuing former unified champ Vasiliy Lomachenko for four years and will finally fight him on Saturday night at the MGM Grand.
Since winning the WBC interim title and being upgraded to full champion in 2019, “The Dream” has been clamoring for a rematch with Lomachenko. Unfortunately, Lomachenko was not interested in fighting Haney and lost his WBA (Super) and WBO lightweight championships to IBF champion Teofimo Lopez in 2020.+
After defeating George Kambosos Jr., who beaten Lopez for three titles, Haney would become the undisputed champion in 2022. After reclaiming the championships from Kambosos in a rematch in October, Haney set his sights on the guy who had avoided fighting him.
When Lomachenko had to withdraw from a Kambosos battle to defend his native country of Ukraine in the war with Russia, he paved the way for Haney to become the uncontested champion. Last October, the 35-year-old returned to the ring to defeat Jamaine Ortiz, putting him in position for a battle with the American.
The future collides with the present when Haney and Lomachenko square off on ESPN pay-per-view, with the winner claiming the title of finest 135-pound fighter in the world.
Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko full card
- Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko (WBA Super, WBC, IBF, WBO, and The Ring lightweight titles)
- Oscar Valdez vs. Adam Lopez (Super featherweight)
- Raymond Muratalla vs. Jeremiah Nakathila (Lightweight)
- Andrew Moloney (c) vs. Junto Nakatani (WBO super flyweight title)
- Nico Ali Walsh vs. Danny Rosenberger (Middleweight)