With a controversial ruling that generated boos, Devin Haney defeated Vasiliy Lomachenko by unanimous decision of the judges at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, in a fight in which he retained his four World Boxing Council lightweight titles ( WBC), the World Boxing Organization (WBO), the World Boxing Association (WBA) and the International Boxing Federation (IBF).
The American and the Ukrainian starred in a spectacular fight, in which both deserved to win if possible. Beyond the latter, the European was always the one who took the initiative against a Haney who was waiting for him on the counter, taking advantage of his greater reach and the speed of his arms.
Equality was the keynote of the combat, with alternate domains and very close assaults. A very difficult fight to score. Haney focused on hitting the body, while the Ukrainian looked more to hitting the face. The latter could be seen clearly in the eleventh round when Loma arrived with very clear hands and put his rival in a lot of trouble.
The European made merits to take a narrow victory or a draw. However, the judges gave the current champion the victory by an unusual 116-112 and two logical 115-113. It is from the latter that the fans demonstrated against the decision and applauded the work of Lomachenko, who was the winner of the people.