By Sean Jones: Top Rank boss Bob Arum plans on making the Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomachenko fight next as long as both get through their next fights.
There’s a lot of money to be made for Haney and Lomachenko (16-2, 11 KOs) in a fight between them, but they’ve got to get through their next fights first.
Haney (28-0, 15 KOs) will be defending his newly won undisputed lightweight championship in a rematch against former champ George Kambosos Jr. on October 16th at Rod Laver Arena in Melbourne, Australia.
For all intents and purposes, this is a simple tune-up fight for the 23-year-old Haney because Kambosos is just a basic bottom dweller level fighter who got lucky when he fought an injured & sickly Teofimo Lopez last November.
It was a perfect situation for Kambosos to win a fight that he would never have otherwise due to his lack of talent. Once Haney trounces Kambosos for a second time, he can get to the serious business of fighting Lomachenko in a fight that will likely be on ESPN PPV.
As for the little emperor Kambosos, his career will essentially be over. The one-hit wonder had his 15 minutes of fame, and he could ride off into the sunset like other fighters that lucked out and then were immediately exposed in their next fights.
Lomachenko has the much harder fight against fringe lightweight contender Jamaine Ortiz (16-0-1, 8 KOs) to deal with in October. The 26-year-old Ortiz is coming off a big win over Jamel Herring last May.
You got to respect the former three-division world champion Lomachenko with his decision to face Ortiz because this is a guy that would likely humiliate Kambosos, Ryan Garcia, and Isaac Cruz. He’s arguably a way better talent than those fighters and a guy that will capture a world title at some point in the future once the belts are scattered.
“Bob Arum has declared that his goal is to make Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomachenko for Haney’s undisputed lightweight world titles if Haney beats George Kambosos Jr in their Oct 15th rematch and Loma wins his return bout (reported to be vs. Jamaine Ortiz on Oct 29th,” per talkSPORT.