Devin Haney is bursting with confidence as he prepares for his match against Vasiliy Lomachenko on May 20 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas on ESPN+. pay-per-view.
Haney (29-0, 15 KOs), the undisputed lightweight champion, is the betting favourite to defeat Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs), the previous three-division champion, just because bookmakers think Haney is more talented.
“There is nothing that Loma can do better than me. I'm better than him in every aspect, every attribute,” Haney said in an interview with BoxingScene.com and other reporters.
“We have to see what version of Loma shows up. I'm prepared for whatever he brings to the table. I've been studying Loma for years, and now I'm dissecting him. I know what type of Loma will show up, and we're going to be ready for what he brings.”
When it comes to the tale of the tape matchup versus Lomachenko, who is 11 years older than Haney, the 24-year-old will have a number of advantages.
Officially, Lomachenko is one inch taller than Haney (5'8"), but to the unaided eye, Haney appears to be a little bit taller. Haney will also have a reach advantage of about six inches.
Haney should look even more physically intimidating when he enters the ring after rehydrating.
“I'm a big lightweight at the end of the way,” said Haney. “He has fought taller guys, but at the end of the day, size doesn't matter when you get in that ring. We both weigh in at 135. Loma has fought bigger guys. The best man is going to win that night, and it's going to be me.
“With each training camp and fight, I am getting better. It's a blessing. My body is maturing and I am getting stronger. I'm 24 years old now and my man strength is definitely coming in. I feel great. I am excited.
“I'm a young hungry lion who is going into his prime and ready for whatever he brings.