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Vasiliy Lomachenko deserves shot at winner of Devin Haney vs George Kambosos Jr rematch

Vasyl Lomachenko celebrates after knocking out Anthony Crolla. Photo credit: Sumio Yamada

Vasiliy Lomachenko 16-2 (11) deserves a shot at the winner of the rematch between undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 28-0 (15) and George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-1 (10), according to WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman.

The 34-year-old southpaw has been out of the ring since December last year, when he comfortably outpointed Richard Commey over 12 rounds.

Since then he has been committed to defending his native Ukraine against the Russian invasion.

Lomachenko lost his 135-pound world titles to Teofimo Lopez by unanimous decision in October 2020. Lopez would lose the WBA, WBO and IBF belts to Kambosos Jr in his first title defence.

In June, Kambosos Jr lost those three straps to WBC champion Haney.

Kambosos Jr will face Haney in an immediate rematch in Melbourne, Australia on October 15. Lomachenko’s next assignment is also in October against undefeated Jamaine Ortiz.

Last Saturday unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk defeated Anthony Joshua on points in their immediate rematch in Saudi Arabia. Usyk, a Ukrainian southpaw just like Lomachenko, has been involved in the war effort in his homeland.

If Lomachenko is successful against Ortiz, Sulaiman would like to see him face the winner of Haney-Kambosos Jr II next.

“That would only be fair,” Sulaiman told Sky Sports. “He has gone through so much, just as Usyk went through.

“He went back to Ukraine, he has been there supporting his country, now he left to go train, he is going to fight in October. It will be very, very just for him to be able to fight for the championship as he did.

“He’s been out of the ring, but he’s always been a tremendous force. [Lomachenko is] one of the best fighters in the world.”

Sulaiman praised Haney for his 116-112, 118-110 and 116-112 win over Kambosos Jr that came largely off the jab.

“Haney is a tremendous champion, I’m so happy about Devin Haney and how he proved to the world his process was the correct one against so many critics that he and the WBC had to accept,” Sulaiman said.

“But once you conquer and defeat you feel proud of how things went. Haney is a tremendous fighter, one of the best in the world without a doubt. Any fight, there is so much talent in the lightweight division, Lomachenko, Kambosos, (Isaac) Cruz, (Gervonta) Davies, so many fights that can be made. We have a lot of things to look forward to in this weight category.”