George Kambosos Jr picks Haney over Lomachenko
By Adam Baskin: George Kambosos Jr is picking Devin Haney to successfully defend his four lightweight belts against Vasyl Lomachenko in May.
If the recent pictures of Haney are real and not a photoshop job, Lomachenko will be fighting a junior middleweight on the night and giving away an enormous amount of weight. Haney lacks power, but when you have that size competing against a small lightweight in Lomachenko, you will win just by being the bigger guy.
It’s too bad there’s not a rehydration clause in this fight to keep things fair because if Haney rehydrates to 157+ after making the 135-lb limit, that’s too much weight for even a talented fighter like Lomachenko to deal with.
Many boxing fans don’t care how much a fighter rehydrates as long they make weight. It’s dangerous when you have a fighter that can dehydrate to make weight to compete against guys much smaller than themselves.
Generally, it’s the younger fighters that can take off massive amounts of weight to game the system. Once a fighter reaches their late 20s or early 30s, they can no longer do this because it’s too hard on their body.
Right now, Haney can still melt down huge amounts of weight, but he might be at the end of the road and need to move up to 140 or, preferably, 147.
Haney looks like he rehydrated welterweight, and it’s hard to believe he’ll make weight for his fight with Loma in May.
Win or lose, Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) will be moving up to 140 after he faces Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs), and Kambosos Jr says he’s going to be one of the “big fish” that will go after straps.
Kambosos feels that Haney is too good for the 34-year-old former three-division world champion Lomachenko, who is starting to show signs of age in his recent fights.
“I see Haney defending his belts against Lomachenko. I really do like Lomachenko as a person and as a fighter. I just think it’s father time has caught him, and Haney is just too good,” said George Kambosos Jr to Sporting News Australia, picking Devin Haney over Vasyl Lomachenko.
“Stylistically, it’s a bad match-up for him, Lomachenko. It was for me as well, but that’s the risk we take as fighters. I think he [Haney] looks good in that fight, makes a statement, and vacates the belts.
“At that stage, we will have mapped out our next fight, and them belts are going to be vacated. The big names. The big fish in the division are going to be hunting them belts, and I’m one of the big fish again,” said Kambosos.
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