By Sam Volz: Undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney could have an incredible weight benefit when he defends his 4 belts in opposition to Vasyl Lomachenko of their combat in early 2023.
The 2 are nonetheless in negotiations, but it surely’s a provided that the combat might be made Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) has already conceded that Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) is the A-side, and he’ll be prepared to him the benefits within the talks.
Lomachenko nonetheless has the mobility to maintain the welterweight-sized Haney off him, however he’ll be speared with the lengthy attain.
Loma might be compelled to get near land, as we’ve seen with Haney’s fights in opposition to George Kambosos Jr; he’ll repeatedly wrap Lomachenko up in a bearhug to maintain him from getting his pictures off. Haney’s fashion is boring to observe however efficient for him at 135.
If Haney needed to combat in opposition to guys his measurement by transferring as much as 147 in opposition to killers like Jaron ‘Boots’ Ennis, he wouldn’t be capable to keep on the skin and jab. He’d be taken aside by Boots, and his profession would sink quickly in that weight class.
On the minimal, Haney may very well be two divisions larger than Lomachenko on the evening of the combat, and that may very well be an excessive amount of for the two-time Olympic gold medalist to cope with.
The model of Lomachenchenko that we noticed in his current victories over Richard Commey and Masayoshi Nakatani would give Haney a run for his cash, however not the outdated, small & shot-looking Loma that we witnessed struggling to defeat Jamaine Ortiz on October twenty ninth. That model of Lomachenko could be over-matched in opposition to the welterweight-sized Haney.
Like a whole lot of youthful fighters, the 23-year-old Haney can drain down in weight to recreation the system and combat smaller guys to realize an edge.
Haney can nonetheless get away with combating fighters effectively beneath his pure weight, however he received’t be capable to do it for for much longer. It’s logical to imagine that Haney’s profession will go quickly downhill like Adrien ‘The Downside’ Broner and Julio Cesar Chavez Jr’s careers fell aside after they moved up after they might not combat in weight courses beneath their pure physique frames.
However whereas Haney nonetheless could make 135, he might be exhausting to beat, notably in opposition to an old-looking Lomachenko, who has no enterprise combating at light-weight and even tremendous featherweight.
There’s cash to be made at 135 and none at 130 or 126, so it is smart for Lomachenko to be the place he’s at proper now.
The best way that Haney seemed like a skeleton in his final combat in opposition to former unified light-weight champion George Kambosos Jr on June sixteenth, his days of being a weight bully at coming to an finish.
Some would argue that Haney’s measurement and talent to empty down big quantities of weight has helped him make ESPN’s pound-for-pound high 10 listing.
If not for Haney nonetheless combating at 135, it’s unlikely that he would make the pound-for-pound listing at 140 or 147, the place he would not have an enormous measurement benefit over his opponents.
It was attention-grabbing lately to see Haney complaining about how robust it’s for him to make 135, however he doesn’t have to do that. If he fought within the weight class at 147, which is pure for his big physique body, there wouldn’t be any points.
Haney has no energy, and he could be a ineffective drone at 147, weak and brought benefit of in that weight class in an identical approach that Broner was when he moved as much as welterweight.
Broner’s energy didn’t carry up with him from light-weight to welterweight, and as soon as he moved up, he was dwelling off his accomplishments from the previous.