Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko have a date for their lightweight title fight.

Promoter Bob Arum informed that Haney-Lomachenko likely will take place May 20. Their 12-round, 135-pound championship match will headline either an ESPN or ESPN Pay-Per-View show.

Beyond whether it’ll be a pay-per-view main event, Arum’s promotional company, Top Rank Inc., also must solidify the site of their fight for Haney’s IBF, WBA, WBC and WBO lightweight titles.

“That fight is all agreed to and everything,” Arum told “And the date is pretty well set, May 20th. Now, the issue is where it’s gonna be. Will it be in New York? Well, that’s a problem because of the Knicks and the Rangers, and [Madison Square] Garden is holding dates [for NBA and NHL playoff games].

“Will it be in Las Vegas? Quite possibly. Or will it be in the Middle East, where they’re making overtures to do the fight? We’ll have an answer for you probably within 10 days. But there’s no question that the fight is on.”

The 34-year-old Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) – a former featherweight, junior lightweight and lightweight champion – is the number one contender for Haney’s WBC and WBO 135-pound championships. Haney (29-0, 15 KOs), of Henderson, Nevada, has opened as a 2-1 favorite over the Ukrainian southpaw, according to FanDuel sportsbook.

After thorough back-to-back unanimous points victories over former champion George Kambosos Jr. in 2022, the 24-year-old Haney had hoped to defend his titles against Lomachenko prior to the start of Ramadan. The Muslim month for fasting, prayer and reflection is set to begin March 22 and will end April 21.

Assuming May 20 is announced as the date of their fight, approximately half of Haney’s training camp will take place during Ramadan, which prohibits practicing Muslims from eating or drinking from sunrise until sunset. Haney trained during part of Ramadan last year for his first 12-round, unanimous-decision defeat of Kambosos (20-2, 10 KOs), which took place June 5 at Marvel Stadium in Melbourne, Australia.

“I’m observant with my religion, so I understand that you have to make allowances for Muslims who fast all day for a month,” Arum said. “Like Janibek [Alimkhanuly], who’s a Muslim, for him it’s no problem. He fasts and he eats and he can train, so he doesn’t lose anything. But for [Artur] Beterbiev, it’s a problem. He says if he fasts every day, and then he eats, he can’t train properly.

“So, it’s up to the individual, based on the restrictions of the religion, whether they can overcome them and still train. Many of these guys really can’t. And I understand. If you’re fasting all day, when are you gonna go to the gym?”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.