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Andrew Moloney tips Devin Haney to retain his titles against Vasiliy Lomachenko

Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko

Super flyweight contender Andrew Moloney is leaning towards undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney to retain his four world title belts against Vasiliy Lomachenko.

The 24-year-old Haney 29-0 (14) will meet former three-weight world champion Lomachenko 17-2 (11) at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on May 20. Australian Moloney 25-2 (16) will face Japan’s Junto Nakatani 24-0 (18) for the vacant WBO 115-pound title on the undercard.

Moloney, 32, is a student of the game. He has been a fan of Lomachenko throughout his career but suspects that Haney’s youth and size might be the telling factor against the 35-year-old Ukrainian southpaw.

“As a boxing fan, I’m looking forward to the fight,” Moloney told Probox TV News. “To be fighting on a card with all those eyeballs watching is a great opportunity for me.

“I love Lomachenko, but I do like Haney too. I’m a little bit undecided. If it were a year or two ago, I would have said without a doubt, Lomachenko.

“I think I’m going to edge Devin Haney because I think Loma has been a little inactive. I’m not sure how consistent his training has been since what’s been going on in Ukraine. He’s obviously getting towards the end of his career.

Haney became undisputed champion when he outpointed George Kambosos Jr in Melbourne, Australia last June. He repeated the treatment in their rematch in the same city four months later.

Moloney – whose twin brother Jason will face Vincent Astrolabio for the vacant WBO bantamweight title one week after he fights – feels that Haney is the bigger, strong and fresher fighter at this stage of his career.

“He’s a much smaller fighter than what Haney is. I just feel Haney can keep him at a long distance and will be able to outpoint Lomachenko,” Moloney said.

“I think Haney wins the unanimous decision over 12 rounds. Just because of the activity he has had recently. He’s young, he’s getting better all the time and he’s a big lightweight, which Lomachenko is not.

That’s not to say that Lomachenko is without a chance. Moloney says he wouldn’t be surprised to see a vintage performance from the veteran, who has won three fights on the trot against Masayoshi Nakatani, Richard Commey and Jamaine Ortiz since losing his lightweight belts to Teofimo Lopezin October 2020.

“There is another side to it though,” Moloney added in his assessment. “Lomachenko had been pretty vocal about becoming undisputed champion and it’s what has motivated him for the last few years, so I am sure he will give this fight absolutely everything.

“He may just wind the clock back and show us the best Lomachenko we have ever seen.

“But it’s a tough one. I’m excited for the fight. Hopefully I’m sat there with a world title on my lap watching it.”