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  Haney Keeps The Crown, But Loma Wins The Day

By Igor Frank

Las Vegas - MGM Grand Garden Arena played host to an undisputed lightweight championship fight between Vasil Lomachenko and Devin Haney on Saturday night. Devin Haney won a controversial unanimous decision (116-112,115-113,115-113), but the crowd didn’t agree and booed loudly. ‘’I don’t want to talk about (decision)”, said Loma after the fight; “All the people saw what happened today. I think I showed that I can still be in boxing. I am in good shape now. And see you next time.”

After first two tense and competitive rounds Loma took control in the third stanza getting inside and backing up champion with fluid combinations.. Haney reasserted himself in the fourth by pressing the action and landing hooks to the body and moving out of the way.

Loma had some success in the fifth, but it was still a high-level chess match. Loma picked up the pace in the seventh round landing his vaunted combinations. Haney was more effective in the eighth stanza, but every round was competitive and hard to score.
Loma had a break out round in the tenth throwing a combo that had Haney befuddled and hurt on the ropes. Loma built on his success in the 11th and pressed his advantage against Haney who was on the retreat most of the round. The final round was close but Loma was moving forward. A very close and exciting, high skill level fight.

“He is a very crafty fighter,” conceded Haney:” He turns it up in the championship rounds. I just have to take my hat off to him. He is a great fighter.”

In the co main event of the evening, former two division world champion Oscar Valdez returned to the ring after a fourteen month layoff with a dominant win over Adam Lopez in a rematch of their highly contested fight from several years ago. Last time Valdez scored a knockout, this time Mexican star had to settle for a decision. Valdez confirmed that he wanted Emanuel Navarrette next.
The carnage commenced on televised opener as undefeated lightweight prospect Raymond Muratalla starched heavy handed Jeremia Nakathilla in two rounds. ‘’ I want the winner of Haney vs. Loma,” exclaimed prospect from Fontana, California immediately after having his hand raised in victory.

The violent drama began prior to televised pay-per-view event as undefeated junior bantamweight from Japan, Junto Nakatani grilled Andrew Maloney with a hook that had the Australian boxer twitching on the floor lifeless. It was as brutal of a knockout as I have ever seen.


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