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Devin Haney labels Vasiliy Lomachenko a dirty fighter, says he should have faced him four years ago

Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko

Undisputed lightweight champion Devin ‘The Dream’ Haney 29-0 (15) says Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-2 (11) missed his opportunity to knock him off his perch four years ago.

The WBC, WBA, WBO and IBF 135-pound champion will make the second defence of his titles against former divisional boss Lomachenko at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, Nevada on Saturday night.

American Haney, 24, added the WBA, WBO and IBF titles to his IBF belt with a unainmious decision victory over George ‘Ferocious’ Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) in Melbourne, Australia in June last year. He repeated the performance in the same city four months later.

Ukrainian southpaw Lomachencko, 35, has won three fights straight since losing his WBA and WBO 135-pound titles to then-IBF king Teofimo Lopez 18-1 (13) in October 2020. Kambosos Jr lifted those three belts from Lopez in November 2021.

Lomachenko looked to be on a collision course with Haney ahead of the Lopez bout, but it never came to fruition. Now the tables have turned in the championship stakes.

“I feel like he should have fought me four years ago. But now the time has come. It’s going to be worse for him than it would have been had we fought back then,” Haney said.

“On paper, this is my toughest test. But I look to make it an easy night. I look to make it as easy as possible and come out victorious.

“I have been calling for this fight for four years. But the time has finally come. I take my hat off to him. I respect everything that he’s done. I respect his decision to stay and defend his country. That gave me my shot to go to Australia, so it was only right that I give him the shot as well.

“I know what he is preparing for. But at the end of the day, we’re prepared for whatever he brings to the table. If he wants to make it a dirty fight, we have answers for that.”

Lomachenko played a straight bat to Haney’s claims, simply stating that he was well prepared for anything the champion brought to the table.

“Camp was hard like always. But I was very motivating,” he said. “It was motivating because I understand. It is my last chance to become undisputed. So, I pushed myself in every training session. And now there are just four days left.

“He talks about the past, but It’s hard to say things about the past. You can’t change it. Even if you talk about it, you can’t change it. Only God can change it.

“He is a high-level boxer. He understands boxing. He knows what he needs to do. He can use his reach. He can use his feet. He can create distance. But I have a lot of experience in this sport. It will be very interesting for me.”