Devin Haney vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko fight results, highlights: American champ retains titles in instant classic

Boxing fans looking for high-level action could hardly ask for anything better than the fight Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko delivered on Saturday night in Las Vegas. After 12 rounds of close action, it was Haney who emerged with a mildly controversial unanimous decision, maintaining his status as the undisputed lightweight champion.

The fight saw constant momentum swings, with Haney getting off to a strong start, especially showing a dedication to working punches to Lomachenko's body, especially with his right hand. Despite being known as a jab-focused fighter, Haney relied very little on his most famous tool against his toughest opponent to date.

Lomachenko also shed his reputation as a slow starter, going hard from the opening round, even if Haney got off to the better start of the two. He also did not allow Haney to control the fight through size and strength, often being the man controlling position in the clinch and constantly walking Haney down.

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The most dominant rounds in the fight were Round 10 and 11, where Lomachenko picked up the pace and stung Haney repeatedly. While Lomachenko appeared to have taken full control of the fight against a fatigued Haney, it was Haney who delivered in Round 12, doing enough to take the fight on all three official scorecards.

The vast majority of the rounds were very close and hard to call, leaving plenty of mystery as to who would have their hand raised as the official scorecards were read. Haney's performance in Round 12 turned out to be critical as his sweep of the round prevented the fight from being scored a majority draw.

In the end, it was the work of Haney that was most appreciated by the trio of ringside judges as he won all three scorecards by scores of 116-112, 115-113 and 115-113.

After the fight, Haney suggested that his time at lightweight could be coming to a close.

"Man, Lomachenko is a future Hall of Famer. It was a blessing," Haney said of sharing the ring with his opponent. "I take my hat off to Loma. He's my toughest opponent by far. He's very crafty and we put on a great fight for the fans. ... He's a crafty fighter. He turns it up in the championship rounds. I just gotta take my hat off, he's a great fighter," he added. "It's all experience. We're going to go back, watch the fight, and reflect on it. I've been at 135 a long, long time. I've been at 135 since I was 16 years old. We're gonna go back to the lab and figure out what's next."

Lomachenko refused to address the controversy in the scoring after the fight, instead focusing on getting back to work.

"I don't want to talk about this," Lomachenko said. "All the people saw what happened today. ... Look, I think I showed I'm in good shape. See you next time. I can't talk about this right now. It's just, it's not a comfortable moment for me."

Haney's father and trainer, Bill, was quick to shoot down talk of a rematch when interviewed backstage after the fight, claiming the fight was "not close" despite the majority consensus among fans and media suggested sentiment that Lomachenko deserved to win.

One man who does want Haney next should a Lomachenko rematch not materialize is top lightweight contender Shakur Stevenson. Stevenson claimed the Haneys ran from the ring and said that Lomachenko deserved the win.

He then made the expected callout for the next shot at Haney's undisputed status.

"Let's make it happen, I think that should happen next," Stevenson said of wanting to fight Haney. "Devin's not on my level and I'm going to show it."

The undercard also saw the return of former super featherweight champion Oscar Valdez in his debut at lightweight. He scored a unanimous decision win over Adam Lopez, whom he previously knocked out when the two met at 130 pounds. Plus, Raymond Muratalla delivered a thunderous knockout of Jeremiah Nakathila to open the PPV.

CBS Sports was with you throughout the entire way on Saturday with the live results and highlights below. 

Fight card, results

  • Devin Haney (c) def. Vasiliy Lomachenko via unanimous decision (116-112 115-113 115-113)
  • Oscar Valdez def. Adam Lopez via unanimous decision (98-92, 98-91, 97-93)
  • Raymond Muratalla def. Jeremiah Nakathila via second-round TKO

Haney vs. Lomachenko scorecard, live coverage

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Haney (c)91091010109 999910113
Lomachenko10910999 10 101010109115
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Official result: Devin Haney def. Vasiliy Lomachenko via unanimous decision (116-112, 115-113, 115-113)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 12: Lomachenko landed a few more left hands, again forcing Haney backward. Haney threw a good left hook to the body and right hand behind it. Right hand from Haney landed again. Lomachenko landed a right hand and tried to trap Haney in the corner. Haney threw a combination that Lomachenko slipped before landing a good combination in response. Lomachenko responded to a right hand with a few lefts of his own. Haney landed a few more to the bodyBoth men landed in the final seconds. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Haney (115-113 Lomachenko)

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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 11: A big right landed for Lomachenko. Again the right hand got home and Haney was forced to tie up. Lomachenko began looking incredibly confident while Haney looked shaken. Lomachenko blasted away with big shots, tagging Haney. Haney was completely on the back foot as Lomachenko forced him into the ropes, landing more and more power shots. Lomachenko drove punches to the body before coming upstairs with a big left hand, completely taking over the fight in the late stages. Huge round for Lomachenko again. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Lomachenko (106-103)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 10: Haney dug to the body with the left hand in a slower start to a round but Lomachenko buzzed Haney badly with a good combination. Haney seemed hurt by that shot. Huge moment for Lomachenko. Haney came back with a right hand and a good two-punch combination before Lomachenko landed a right in the clinch. Lomachenko again landed a hard left hand. Again, the left landed for Lomachenko. Lomachenko is starting to set up ways to get that left hand home. Great round for Lomachenko. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Lomachenko (96-94)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 9: Haney threw a good right to the body after popping Lomachenko with a jab. Lomachenko landed a hard right hand against the ropes and again a hard left after. Lomachenko got inside and landed a good combination before Haney backed him up with a good jab. Lomachenko again landed the jab and Haney again responded with a jab. Haney landed a good right hand, though his mouth was bleeding and open. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Lomachenko (86-85)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 8: Lomachenko landed a hook and then a left hand. Haney again dug in hard to the body and the two men clashed, sending Lomachenko to the canvas on a push. Haney cracked with a right hand and Lomachenko landed a double left hand. Haney came forward with a right to the body again. Lomachenko snapped Haney's head back with a hard jab. Lomachenko again uncorked a straight left that landed. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Lomachenko (76-76)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 7: Lomachenko tagged Haney with three left hands in a row. Haney started to move back to working off the jab. Things continued to escalate in the clinch, with a lot of wrestling. Haney connected with a good right hand. Lomachenko landed a few more good left hands. Haney landed a good left hook late. Lomachenko responds with a big shot before the bell. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Lomachenko (67-66 Haney)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 6: Haney again landed to the body, something that has become a consistent attack for him as he has tried to sap Lomachenko's energy. A bit of rough work from both men in the clinch again. Lomachenko landed a good left hand to counter a Haney jab. Again, Haney went to the body before Lomachenko landed a good three-punch combo inside. Haney stuck a good jab before Lomachenko landed a straight followed by a jab. Haney drove an uppercut home and went right back to the body for more. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Haney (58-56)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 5: Both men got in with hard hooks but Haney got in hard with a left to the body. Haney used an elbow in the clinch and received a warning. Haney landed a good uppercut and a right hand behind it. Lomachenko landed a series of hard lefts that forced Haney back to the ropes. Haney fired a jab and straight before Lomachenko returned fire and Haney pushed him down to the canvas. They get inside and both fired away with a combination but it was Haney who landed better. Haney again landed some blood body shots. These are all close, competitive rounds. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Haney (48-47)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 4: Haney went to the body with a right hand early. Lomachenko side-stepped and landed a quick two-punch combination as Haney tried to adjust to the pivot. Lomachenko again landed the straight left and ate a Haney jab in return. Lomachenko landed a right hook but Haney landed his own hook in response, getting there harder. A good Haney right hand cracked to the side of Lomachenko's head. Lomachenko landed a good counter jab. Both men crashed to the canvas in a clinch. Haney cracked with a good body shot again. Unofficial scorecard: Haney 10-9 (38-38)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 3: Haney continued to focus shots to Lomachenko's body in the round. A good right hand landed for Haney to counter a Lomachenko attack. Lomachenko landed two left hands. Lomachenko threw a few body shots before Haney clinched up. Both men received warnings for hitting behind the head in the clinch. Haney landed a good left hook before Lomachenko responded with a combination that saw him land a good uppercut. Good stuff here from both men in a high-level fight. Unofficial scorecard: Lomachenko 10-9 (29-28)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 2: Both men landed six punches unofficially in the first round. Haney went downstairs with a right to the body early. Lomachenko landed a good left hand from his southpaw stance. Lomachenko ate a counter left hand from Haney as he tried to come inside and Haney again tagged to the body with a right hand. Haney landed a good counter right hand before Lomachenko got inside and fired away with a good combination that got one or two punches home. Lomachenko landed a good straight left hand.Haney went downstairs again and Lomachenko landed a left hand. Another jab landed for Haney as Lomachenko also landed in the round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Haney (19-19)

 
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Devin Haney (c) vs. Vasiliy Lomachenko -- Round 1: Haney, unsurprisingly, opened by flicking out a few jabs. Both men used a few feints before Lomachenko threw a three-punch combination, getting a left hand in. Haney continued to work his jab and Lomachenko threw a combination that did not get home. Haney clinched up for the first time in the fight as Lomachenko got inside. Haney threw a right hand to the body. Lomachenko again got inside and threw, missing punches before Haney clinched up. Lomachenko landed a right hand in a flurry before the bell. Close round. Unofficial scorecard: 10-9 Lomachenko

 
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