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Haney: Campbell Fight Won’t Be As Easy For Loma As Most Think

By Keith Idec

Devin Haney would probably get his lightweight title shot faster if Luke Campbell upsets Vasiliy Lomachenko later this month.

From a personal standpoint, Haney hopes Campbell can beat the heavily favored Lomachenko on August 31 in London. From an objective standpoint, Haney thinks Lomachenko will win their 12-round fight for Lomachenko’s WBA and WBO lightweight titles and the vacant WBC championship.

Haney explained during a conference call Thursday, though, that he expects Campbell to provide a tougher fight for Lomachenko than many fans and reporters anticipate in their battle between left-handed Olympic gold medalists.

“I think that is a good fight,” Haney said. “Luke Campbell, he’s tall, he’s long, he can box and he has experience. But Lomachenko is obviously Lomachenko, and everyone has him the favorite to win. I don’t think it’s gonna be as easy as everyone thinks, but I do see Lomachenko being victorious.”

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Most handicappers have installed Ukraine’s Lomachenko as at least a 16-1 favorite, even though their 135-pound title fight will take place in Campbell’s native England. The WBC ordered Campbell (20-2, 16 KOs), its mandatory lightweight championship challenger, to fight Lomachenko (13-1, 10 KOs) for the championship Mikey Garcia gave up in April because he decided his next fight will be contested within the junior welterweight or welterweight division.

The 20-year-old Haney (22-0, 14 KOs) will face Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (11-0, 7 KOs) next month for the right to become the WBC’s next mandatory challenger for the Lomachenko-Campbell winner. Las Vegas’ Haney is ranked No. 2 by the WBC, two spots above Abdullaev.

If Lomachenko conquers Campbell, the Haney-Abdullaev winner likely would have to wait longer to get his mandated WBC title shot because Lomachenko could fight the winner of the Richard Commey-Teofimo Lopez bout before boxing the Haney-Abdullaev victor. The IBF ordered the bout between Ghana’s Commey (29-2, 26 KOs), its lightweight champion, and Brooklyn’s Lopez (14-0, 11 KOs), its mandatory challenger, on Friday.

Lopez is No. 3 in the WBC’s lightweight rankings, but he is considered unavailable to fight Haney in a WBC elimination match because he is in line to challenge Commey.

The Haney-Abdullaev bout will headline DAZN’s stream September 13 from The Theater at Madison Square Garden in New York. ESPN+ will stream the Lomachenko-Campbell match August 31 from O2 Arena.

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

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Corelone on 08-12-2019

I'm not putting Campbell down, even with the Linares loss. He's big, at home, skilled, hungry, whole, he couldn't ask the stars to line up better. Loma is obliged to KO him or face the hometown edge. In Lomas case,…

Comment by skinnystev on 08-12-2019

judging from the size difference all campbell has to do is walk lomachenko down and punch him into the canvas should be easy for a fighter of his size and creds

Comment by Kcvtr81 on 08-12-2019

Loma will wreck him

Comment by factsarenice on 08-12-2019

[QUOTE=Mammoth;19981765]Campbell has the pedigree to hang with Lomachenko but definitely won't beat him[/QUOTE] I like Lomachenko because I believe he truly wants to make a mark beyond just money. The problem is that his best weight is not really at…

Comment by Oldskoolg on 08-12-2019

So is his fight going to be on ESPN or Hozone?

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