Vasiliy Lomachenko took the final step towards a fight with undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney tonight, winning a tough fight against Jamaine Ortiz, which was supposed to be the final hurdle.
With both Haney (29-0, 15 KO) and Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KO) under contract for the top tier, this is the biggest fight available for either, and in fact the biggest fight available at 135 lbs right now , at least it can actually possibly be made, as Gervonta Davis — arguably a bigger star than either — won’t be battling either of them next.
The two shared the ring afterward, with Haney saying he was ready for the fight and Lomachenko again saying he was willing to do whatever it took to get the fight. He has repeatedly said that Haney is truly the A-Team and that he needs the fight more than Haney does right now.
Haney added on Twitter that the fight will be next “if it makes sense,” and it does, as it’s an easy indoor fight:
If everything makes sense, the next…
— Devin Haney (@Realdevinhaney) October 30, 2022
Haney also called the 117-111 Lomachenko card in Saturday’s fight “disgraceful” and agreed with Shakur Stevenson that the fight between the two was “huge,” to which he attached the “bag of money.”
In theory, Top Rank could also do Haney vs. Stevenson instead of Haney vs. Lomachenko, but the plan has clearly been to line up Haney vs. Lomachenko. Devin just fought on October 15th and beat George Kambosos Jr for the second time and the timing and everything else lines up with the Lomachenko fight.
As for when that might happen, Spring 2023 would be a good guess, somewhere between March and May.