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  Lomachenko Is Ready For The Heat

By Igor Frank

President Harry S. Truman coined the phrase “If you can't stand the heat, get out of the kitchen.” Ukrainian Superstar boxer Vasyl Lomachenko needs to take the heat to get into the kitchen to achieve his dream of becoming an undisputed lightweight champion. He is to face off against a current unified, undefeated champion, Devin ‘The Dream” Haney for all the marbles in the division on May 20th, 2023 at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. ESPN Pay Per View will televise a twelve round contest that promises to be an intense chess match between two master boxers.

Most experts believe that the much younger and bigger Haney has too many physical advantages that include a 5-inch reach perk for older virtuoso, Lomachenko to overcome in the ring. Young champion, Haney who is almost 3 to 1 betting favorite promises to retire Loma. However, ESPN analyst, former undisputed super middleweight champion, Andre Ward said:” In truth, nobody knows what will happen until they get into the ring.”

One thing is for sure, Loma needs to get inside the kitchen to overcome reach deficit and to be effective and if anyone can do it, Vasyl is capable of doing just that. “Don’t forget,” exclaimed Vasyl’s manager, Egis Klimas on the second episode of “Blood Sweat and Tears,” He made three opponents quit on their stool.” Just in case you forgot, he made Nicolas Walters quit on his stool in 2016 and Marriaga and Rigondeaux did the same in 2017.

It is difficult to imagine Devin Haney quitting on his stool during their much-anticipated contest on May 20th. On the contrary, following his two comprehensive victories over former champ, George Kambosos Jr, young American champion is full of confidence.” Now I get a chance to prove that I am that guy, “said Haney: “I don’t want to go in there and just win. I really want to show how dominant I am, how much better I am than him.”

“He made me wait for four years to fight him,” continued Haney:” Since I was twenty years old. So I don’t like Loma. I want to beat him bad. I want to send him into retirement.”

However, two times Olympic gold medalist is not ready to retire. He is yet to achieve his long term goal of becoming an undisputed lightweight champion. “I go to bed with this dream, I wake up with this dream,” said Lomachenko:” Now I have a big motivation.”

Hall of Fame promoter Bob Arum is excited about this matchup of youth versus expertise and experience. Addressing media at LA Press conference, Bob said: “Anybody who considers himself even remotely a boxing fan has to be attracted to watch this fight. It has all the elements of great fights like fights in the past where two top fighters in the division match each other.”

This matchup is very attractive to a boxing fan and just like in chess I can envision a lot of different scenarios. Could Haney keep Loma off of him with his reach and a great long Jab? Could Loma get inside and befuddle young champion with his footwork?

“No more words, only May 20,” said Lomachenko:” We’ll see.”


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