Tuesday, June 6, 2023

Devin Haney pushes Vasily Lomachenko at the weigh-in; NSAC files complaint

Devin Haney and Vassily Lomachenko pass the scale test

The American boxer weighed in at 134 pounds, while the Ukrainian weighed in at 135, and both are now gearing up for the clash that will be seen on ESPN+.

LAS VEGAS — After Devin Haney forcefully pushed Vassily Lomachenko at Friday’s formal weigh-in, the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) is set to file a complaint with his attorney’s office for a disciplinary hearing at their next meeting. , sources told ESPN.

The sources said Haney, who will earn a guaranteed $4 million for his Undisputed Lightweight Championship defense against Lomachenko on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV), could be fined.

According to sources, the commission also requested a second physical on Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) as a precaution to clear him medically again for the fight, although the Ukrainian appeared unfazed afterwards. Given.

“Now it’s mine,” said Lomachenko, who weighed 135 pounds at the Friday morning weigh-in. “He doesn’t have the power…he’s scared…I’m watching him right now and 100 percent (he’s scared).”

Haney, who weighed 134.9 pounds for the second defense of his four lightweight titles, was booed after a scuffle. The promotion was pretty routine until the 24-year-old Haney launched the challenge onstage, injecting some excitement into a matchup between two of boxing’s best fighters.

“This was just the beginning,” said Haney, who trains in Las Vegas. “Look how easily I pushed him? He’s a little man and I’m going to impose my will on him.”

Sources said Lomachenko, a former three-division champion, would earn a guaranteed $3 million. The 35-year-old lost all three of his lightweight titles to Teofimo López in October 2020.

Haney (29-0, 15 KO’s) won the undisputed lightweight championship with a unanimous decision victory over George Cambosos Jr. in June and retained his title in a rematch in Australia in October. Haney is ESPN’s No. 1 lightweight while Lomachenko is ranked No. 2.

Jeff Mullen, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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