“Boxing is dead. They promote the youth, not the winner.” The world’s reaction to Lomachenko’s defeat
Alexander Frolov May 21, 2023, 10:15 Moscow time Audio version: Your browser does not support the audio element.
Vasily deserved the title of absolute champion?
The fight between Vasily Lomachenko and Devin Haney turned out not to be as one-sided as many had hoped. Most pre-fight pundits said the strong young Haney would easily run over the aging Ukrainian. However, Lomachenko not only put up a competitive fight, but also caused the champion to falter psychologically. After 12 intense rounds, it looked like Vasily fully deserved the win, but the judges turned out to be of a different opinion, and unanimously awarded Haney the win. Let’s take a look at how the boxing world reacted to the controversial result.
Detailed account of the controversial match:
Lomachenko stolen in the main fight of life? The Ukrainian fought smartly, but lost
The stands at MGM Grand Stadium, where the fight took place, were the first to express their dissatisfaction with the outcome: when the judges declared Haney the winner, the crowd roused with disgust and continued to howl as the winner delivered a speech. , the losing athlete expressed his disagreement with the result: “I don’t want to talk about the judge’s decision, all the people saw what happened today. I have shown that I can box, that I am in good shape. I don’t want to talk about the referee’s decision, I feel uncomfortable talking about it,” Lomachenko said after the fight.
Devin Haney – Vasili Lomachenko
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Undefeated American boxer Shakur Stevenson expressed confidence that Vasily was robbed of his victory: “Lomachenko should be the undisputed champion, he won this fight. He landed harder punches and controlled the pace of the fight.”
Former MMA fighter Gaston Reynaud praised the Ukrainian boxer’s character: “Haney got the belts and Lomachenko got our hearts.”
Two-time Olympic champion Alexei Tishchenko said that the fight was close, but he also considered Vasily the winner: “Before the fight, I assumed that Vasily would win. I was sick for him. I think he had every chance to win. The judges gave the victory to the American. Considering that he is a champion. Considering that only the Americans judged. The fight turned out to be even, especially the first two thirds. They gave Haney the win, but I think Vasily won. With a slight advantage, in one or two rounds, ”Alexei Tishchenko said in an interview with the Championship correspondent Sergei Sorokin.
Famed trainer Teddy Atlas did not appreciate the fact that one of the judges gave Haney the win with a score of 116-112: “I could take a two-point difference, but not with a score of 116-112.” Atlas expressed dissatisfaction with him.
MMA fighter Josh Thompson criticized modern boxing: “That’s why they don’t watch boxing anymore. They promote a younger guy, not the one he actually won. Boxing is dead.
Former world champion George Kambosos paid tribute to the Ukrainian boxer: “Incredibly close fight. Loma is a warrior in the later rounds.”
Egis Klimas, Lomachenko’s manager, will protest the referee’s decision: “I will say this: this is the biggest robbery in broad daylight. For the rival, Christmas in summer has arrived, and we will not leave it like that. Someone has to put the box where it belongs. There must be justice in boxing, because the scores from these judges are completely insane. They don’t understand how hard wrestlers work to get in the ring. When they steal like that, it’s unacceptable. We are going to file an appeal. Most likely, everything will remain as it is. But we want to show that there must be justice,” Klimas said at a press conference.
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