Devin Haney’s next combat, a defence of his undisputed light-weight championship from Vasiliy Lomachenko, is “essentially produced,” promoter Bob Arum tells Sky Sporting activities.
In a superlative 2022, unbeaten American star Haney has twice defeated George Kambosos in Australia, unifying all 4 of the major lightweight titles in their 1st bout then defending his undisputed crown.
Nonetheless former lightweight champion Lomachenko returned to motion in Oct, immediately after serving in Ukraine when Russia invaded his country before this year.
Lomachenko beat Jamaine Ortiz in an exciting 12-spherical clash at Madison Sq. Back garden to re-establish himself now as one particular of the major contenders in the 135lb division.
Leading Rank promoter Bob Arum exposed that Haney vs Lomachenko will transpire in 2023.
“That combat is effectively designed. We are looking for the web site and the date and that’ll be announced shortly,” Arum advised Sky Sporting activities. “I had lunch with Monthly bill Haney, Devin’s father and Devin joined us and they’re all ready.
“They’re pretty individuals. That battle will materialize either in advance of or right immediately after Ramadan. Since Devin is a spiritual Muslim and so we are not able to do it through Ramadan but we could do it in advance of or immediately after. So I mentioned all of that with the Haneys,” Arum continued.
“But they are on board for the battle.”
There are enjoyable fights to be created in that pounds class, with Shakur Stevenson moving up to 135lbs in 2023 as well.
“There are a lot of excellent young fighters,” Arum famous. “All really excellent lightweights. The light-weight division is alive and well.”
Haney however is major for the bodyweight and he is anticipated to shift up to 140lbs just after his bout with Lomachenko.
Arum thinks he could go straight into a tremendous-light-weight combat with Teofimo Lopez, the guy who famously upset Lomachenko in 2020.
“Regis Prograis is a probability [for Lopez]. There are other prospects for Teofimo. A single of the points is for him to just take one more fight and, if Haney beats Lomachenko, have Haney fight Teofimo in a non-title battle. That would be a significant fight. So there are a large amount of approaches to go with these fellas,” Arum defined.
With Tyson Fury close to finalising his heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk, Major Rank are now involved in yet another major undisputed title struggle which is in the course of action of remaining established for subsequent calendar year.
“As fantastic a 12 months as 2022 has been,” Arum reported, “I believe 2023 is likely to be superior.”