Bob Arum Wants Devin Haney To Fight Vasiliy Lomachenko
Promoter Bob Arum has a suggestion for who can be next for Devin Haney.
Arum says he would like to make a fight between Haney, the new undisputed lightweight champion and Vasiliy Lomachenko happen next instead of a rematch with George Kambosos Jr.
Lomachenko would need to leave his country to come to the U.S. for a fight with Haney. He is currently in Ukraine, after joining the Ukrainian Army after the ongoing Russian invasion.
According to Arum, he has already spoken to Lomachenko’s manager Egis Klimas, who has told him that the former three-division world champion is ready to leave Ukraine if given the chance to fight for the undisputed championship.
“I think that rematch clauses are bad for boxing. I understand why fighters and promoters want them, it’s a business, but it’s bad for the sport,” said Arum per Michael Benson.
Lomachenko has not fought since a dominant win over Richard Commey last December at Madison Square Garden. Lomachenko went the distance and wore out Commey, who is also a former lightweight champion.
The Ukrainian boxer was originally the frontrunner for Kambosos’ first title defense, but he notified boxing fans that he was going to stay in the war-torn country. Current unified heavyweight champion Oleksandr Usyk also served in the country’s defense battalion, but he was allowed to leave and train for his upcoming rematch against Anthony Joshua this summer.
A match between Haney and Lomachenko would undoubtedly gauge interest from boxing fans.
However, it may not be easy getting Kambosos out of the way, as he has already stated he has a rematch clause in his contract that he plans on using — specifically for November.