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Lomachenko vs Haney close to being official

It is rumoured that a lightweight championship match between Vasyl Lomachenko and Devin Haney will soon be announced.

In a spectacular 2022 bout in Australia, unbeaten American boxer Haney defeated George Kambosos twice. In their first encounter, Haney unification all four major lightweight belts, and he then successfully defended his title.

However, the former champion declined the championship shot in order to join the Ukrainian military. Lomachenko eventually went back to training late last year after staying in his native Ukraine to fight throughout the Russian invasion.

Loma fought Jamaine Ortiz in his comeback match in October. In the end, Lomachenko won by unanimous decision, and he stated that he would like to fight Haney for the lightweight championship next.

Inside Boxing Live's Dan Canobbio was the first to announce that the two were in talks to square off on May 20.

Haney vs. Lomachenko will take place, according to Top Rank promoter Bob Arum. He acknowledged that there is still some uncertainty around the match. Arum specifically said that the match's location and venue aren't decided yet.

"That fight is essentially made. We're looking for the site and the date and that'll be announced shortly," Arum told Sky Sports. "I had lunch with Bill Haney, Devin's father and Devin joined us and they are ready to fight."

He added: “the date is pretty well set, May 20th. Now, the issue is where it’s gonna be... Will it be in Las Vegas? Quite possibly. Or will it be in the Middle East”


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