Industry insiders express disappointment in Devin Haney’s controversial victory against Vasiliy Lomachenko, citing it as a reason why boxing is losing popularity

Devin Haney may have won the judges over with his latest performance, but the boxing community hasn’t quite reached a consensus. After a tense match consisting of 12 rounds of technical boxing, Haney (30-0, 15 KOs) won a unanimous decision over Vasiliy Lomachenko (17-3, 11 KOs), thus retaining his undisputed lightweight champion status as well as his undefeated record.

Though Haney managed to claim victory through scores of 116-112, 115-113, and 115-113, there was still skepticism over the scoring, which is typical of high-stakes boxing bouts between evenly matched contenders. Many figures within the combat sports world chimed in on social media to voice their concerns about the scoring.

For instance, combat sports personality Dillon Danis boldly claimed that “Lomachenko was robbed.” Meanwhile, Bellator commentator Josh Thomson was even more critical in his comments, suggesting that “this is why people don’t watch boxing anymore.”

In response, several figures shared their reactions to the match. Daniel Cormier praised both fighters, while Alex Volkanovski asked his followers to weigh in on the controversial decision. Other fighters, such as Jimi Manuwa, expressed their reservations about the match, with Manuwa stating that Haney “scraped that.”

Nevertheless, many fighters still expressed their appreciation for the sport and the match. Some, like Lando Vannata, called Haney and Lomachenko’s match a “great fight,” while Deron Winn called it “the best boxing fight (he’s) seen in a long time!!!”

Ultimately, the debate over Haney’s victory and the judges’ scoring will likely continue for some time. While some feel that Haney deserved to win, others believe that Lomachenko was the better fighter and was robbed of a deserved victory. Despite the mix of opinions, it’s clear that the match itself was one to remember and will continue to be discussed by fight fans for some time to come.


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