Former lightweight king Vasiliy Lomachenko was near-perfect in his fight against undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney. Unfortunately for the Ukrainian, his efforts did not convince the judges, who rewarded Haney in what has been deemed a controversial unanimous decision win.
The judges scored the fight 115-113, 115-113, and 116-112, much to the dismay of the over 14,000+ inside the T-Mobile Arena and those watching in their living rooms. Following the bout, Egis Klimas, Lomachenko's manager, announced intentions to appeal the decision. He teased sending letters to the WBA, WBC, IBF, and WBO to force a rematch against Haney.
Klimas ended up being a man of his word. He revealed one of the letters he sent on social media, claiming the result was an “unfair and unjust decision.”
“Dear President Mendoza and Members of the Ratings Committee," Klimas sent to the WBA. "This past Saturday in Las Vegas, Vasiliy Lomachenko challenged undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney in Las Vegas.
“The crowd at the MGM and the boxing world reacted to condemn what it believes to be an unfair and unjust decision that denied Loma his rightful victory and his lifetime goal of being undisputed champion of the world.
“As Team Loma prepares an appeal of the decision, and in light of the highly controversial outcome of the bout, on behalf of Vasiliy Lomachenko, I ask that the WBA rate Loma as the No.1 and recognize him as the mandatory challenger for the title in the lightweight division.
“Loma was denied his victory in the ring on Saturday, and he deserves the opportunity to be ranked No.1 and to get another chance at realizing his goals as soon as possible.”
The WBA, as well as other boxing commissions, have not responded yet.
The most recent boxing fight to be appealed and win its case was KSI vs. Joe Fournier at the beginning of May. KSI hit Fournier with an elbow to get the KO win. After Fournier won the appeal, the result was deemed a no-contest.
What happened during the Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko fight?
Per CompuBox, Haney landed 110 out of 405 shots (27.2%), while Lomachenko landed 124 of 564 blows (22%).
Haney landed double-digit shots six times, the same as Lomachenko, who landed a fight-high 20 in the 11th.
Dave Moretti, who gave the 116-112 scorecard, gave Haney the edge in the tenth round, which many awarded to Lomachenko.
The Sporting News scored the contest 115-113 in favor of Lomachenko, who was visibly upset following the loss.
Was Vasiliy Lomachenko 'robbed' vs. Devin Haney?
The word "robbed" was trending on social media in the immediate aftermath of the event, with boxing fans around the globe enraged by the decision. But, is that term accurate?
The Sporting News' Tom Gray and Andreas Hale debate that very topic on this week's episode of Fightin' Words:
Devin Haney’s response to Vasiliy Lomachenko
Booed in his adopted home area of Las Vegas, Haney’s win and career have been questioned by many, including potential opponent Shakur Stevenson. Stevenson said that Lomachenko should get a rematch.
Haney has now embraced the heel role. He posted a picture of Lomachenko in tears, mocking the letter Klimas sent letters to commissions. He also mocked Top Rank’s Bob Arum and called out Klimas and Team Lomachenko.
He tweeted: “This guy is a f------ sore loser.. Get this privilege sore loser out of boxing he makes excuses as he goes! Take your lost like a man & stop crying.. it was set up for you to win for the 3rd time in your career & you failed! Tell the commission give me my 400k back for that push!”