From Jim Calfa A disgruntled Devin Haney has disclosed that the Nevada Commission fined him $400,000 for the strong shove he gave Vasyl Lomachenko during the weigh-in on Friday before their fight on Saturday night in Las Vegas.
Even though the fight’s twelve-round unanimous decision result was contentious and disapproved by the boxing establishment, Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) nonetheless prevailed. The winner Haney called the former three-division world champion Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs) a “sore loser” and advised him to “stop crying” and “take your loss like a man.” He may have been miffed about the $400K fine and the significant criticism against him due to his victory. Since Lomachenko hasn’t spoken to the media since his defeat, it’s not entirely obvious what Haney means when he says Loma needs to “stop crying.” The only people still discussing the fight are the spectators and the media, not Lomachenko.
Haney must be struggling because, except in a very tiny number of cases, boxing fans don’t give him credit for his biggest career victory. Haney ought to challenge Lomachenko once more. Clearly, scheduling a rematch with Lomachenko to settle the matter would be the honorable thing to do and win him the public’s favor, as it would enhance Haney’s reputation. Devin Haney denies extending his Top Rank contract two days before the bout. However, it seems like Haney lacks self-assurance that he can win the rematch and is unwilling to accept the chance of losing out on a significant payout versus Gervonta Davis. Haney would fight Lomachenko right away to demonstrate that he was the superior fighter before taking on Gervonta if he truly believed he could win.