- NSAC wants to file an official complaint against Devin Haney for his unsportsmanlike behavior during faceoff with Vasiliy Lomachenko
- Haney is likely to be fined while Loma is being tipped by the commission to take another physical exam before the fight
Devin Haney is very likely to encounter some setback en route to his lightweight title fight with Vasiliy Lomachenko on Saturday following the shoving incident during their faceoff at the ceremonial weigh-ins Friday.
CHAOS! DEVIN HANEY JUST LAUNCHED LOMACHENKO ACROSS THE STAGE!#HaneyLoma | SAT | https://t.co/5NUYllW4TG pic.twitter.com/MTbprXmP0p
— Top Rank Boxing (@trboxing) May 19, 2023
NSAC to act on it
As expected, things got heated between the two and Haney capped the staredown with a wild shove on the smaller Loma. The Ukrainian appeared to be in good spirits after the shove but the Nevada State Athletic Commission (NSAC) opted to put Haney under investigation. Hence, NSAC has is now working on filing a formal complaint against Haney with its attorney’s office “for a disciplinary hearing as its next meeting,” per ESPN.
Haney, who is expected to pocket a $4 million purse from the fight, is expected to pay fines for his unsportsmanlike conduct.
The report further revealed that “the commission also requested a second physical exam of Lomachenko” before Saturday to ensure that he is in good condition following the shove.
It only made it better
Haney may seem to be bigger than Lomachenko but the latter made it clear that he isn’t intimidated. In fact, Loma even slighted Haney’s power after the shove.
“He’s mine. Now he is mine. He doesn’t have the power. I felt it. [He shoved me] because he’s scared,” Lomachenko said.
On the other hand, Haney unapologetically warned Lomachenko that the shove was just the start of the more vicious beating he is about to give him.
“That was just the start. You see how easy I pushed him? He’s the smaller man and I’m gonna impose my will on him,” Haney threatened.
Haney and Loma both feel they have the upper hand following their weigh-in scuffle 👀 #HaneyLoma pic.twitter.com/zBlMSrGyoo
— ESPN Ringside (@ESPNRingside) May 20, 2023
Lomachenko, who is now 17-2, has gone 3-0 since losing all his lightweight belts to Teofimo Lopez in 2020. He is coming in looking to reclaim lightweight titles from Haney.
Meanwhile, Haney, who currently holds the WBA (Super), IBF, WBO, WBC, and The Ring lightweight titles, will hope to keep all the belts and improve his 29-0 (15 KOs) unbeaten record. He previously beat George Kambosos Jr. twice.