It’s Devin Haney’s turn. Loma lost, let’s move on!

Through Hector Gonzalez – This story does not start with George Kambosos Jr. beating Teofimo Lopez or with Vasiliy Lomachenko losing his belt to Teofimo Lopez. This story actually starts back in 2010, when Top Rank took a step to field fighters with extensive amateur records for instant world title fights. It starts with Guillermo Rigondeuax, a top-ranking fighter, who has a shot at the interim WBC belt after just 6 fights. In 2014, Zou Shimings, another Top Rank fighter, got a shot at the WBO International Flyweight Belt in his first-ever fight. That same year, Vasiliy Lomachenko jumped the line and made the WBO featherweight mandatory after just 1 fight. And that same year, Naoya Inoue, another Top Rank Fighter, got a shot at the WBO flyweight title after just 6 fights.

To add to the story, the original fight for the vacant 2014 WBO featherweight title would be between Gary Russel Jr. and Orlando Salido, to make it clear that Vasiliy Lomachenko jumped over Gary Russel Jr for a shot at the vacant WBO feather title even though Gary Russel Jr. the mandatory. What’s worse is that Lomachenko lost the battle for the vacant WBO title and got another shot just two months later against original mandator Gary Russel Jr. Maybe because he beat Gary Russel Jr it might seem like jumping over Russel was unimportant, but that’s not the point, Lomachenko was given unfair opportunities that other fighters don’t.

Most so-called boxing fans know nothing about Francisco El Vandido Vargas. So for those who don’t know, Vargas became a pro years before Lomachenko did. The longtime veteran is now in his late 30s, having suffered just 3 losses, 2 times against former boogieman Miguel Berchelt and most recently, at age 36, a unanimous decision against Little Mike Tyson, Isaac The Pitbull Cruz. The sad part of the story is that years before Lomachenko, El Vandido Vargas was a featherweight, what’s worse is that El Vandido Vargas didn’t get a title gun until his 24th fight, age 32. Vargas defeated Takashi Miura in what was the Fight of the Year in 2015. In 2016, Vargas had another Fight of the Year fighting for a controversial draw against Orlando Salido. This is just one example of how Lomachenko was able to jump over the line, taking an unfair advantage on a shot at the belts.

Lomachenko gets another immediate WBO Superweight belt title shot. I say this with no respect for Rocky Martinez, but he was the weakest Superweight belt holder at the time, and I say this to say this…. There is a science as to why Lomachenko lost to Teofimo Lopez and Orlando Salido, both strong body punchers, who could put Lomachenko on the back foot.. all that to say that at the time in 2016 there were two fighters that Lomachenko could have confronted but didn’t, Miguel Berchelt and El Vandido Vargas, in fact after Lomachenko lost to Orlando Salido, he never fought another Mexican boxer puncher.

Again Lomachenko immediately gets title shots at 135 by simply moving up, his first fight at 135 was against Jorge Linares for the WBA title, again his first ever fight at 135. His second fight at 135 is for the WBO lightweight belt…and again, automatically given another title chance for the vacant WBC against Luke Campbell.

This is where it starts to get interesting. Devin Haney was a WBC commitment in 2018, which is more than three years ago, but he hasn’t had a single title fight. Let’s give this context, more than 3 years ago, Haney was mandated and has yet to get 1 championship fight, but Lomachenko automatically gets championship fights, fight after fight. To make matters worse, Devin Haney had to petition the WBC to be made mandatory, and in fact he was refused and told to wait in line after Luke Campbell, which is something Lomachenko didn’t have to do. There’s more, when Devin Haney is finally required, Lomachenko requests the WBC franchise and automatically denies him a shot at the belts, even though he waited in line, even though he was the mandatory.

For some reason, the story goes that Vasiliy Lomachenko is automatically entitled to these title recordings. Some fans seem to believe that although Vasiliy Lomachenko opted out of the rematch clause against Teofimo Lopez, he is somehow entitled to a rematch, and the same story is playing out now, some fans seem to believe that Lomachenko, too though he lost all his belt to Lopez, now automatically earns another chance when there are other fighters in line.

You see, in the eyes of Top Rank, Lomachenko losing to Lopez was no big deal because Teofimo Lopez, another Top Rank fighter, was not supposed to lose to George Kambosos Jr., firing Lopez to 140 would have made all the belts available again for Lomachenko. The problem is that Kambosos Jr. ruined the plan. Furthermore, it also stops the Lomachenko rallying band pattern of weak opposition. No disrespect to Rocky Martinez, Jose Pedraza or Jorge Linares, none of them were ever top fighter in their respective weight divisions. All three had retired before fighting Lomachenko and Luke Campbell had lost to Jorge Linares just a year earlier. In fact, Teofimo Lopez was the first undefeated fighter to face Lomachenko since Nicholas Walters, and Walters had just fought the fight before a draw against Jason Sosa, a fighter who brutally KO’d Berchelt in 4 rounds.

Devin Haney has been in line for over three years now, he deserves a shot at the belts. Let’s also pay his respects to George Kambosos Jr. He is an undefeated champion, who, unlike Lomachenko, defeated the former undefeated champion.

Lomachenko lost the belts, it’s that simple. It is now the time of Kambosos and Haney.

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