Devin Haney’s subsequent fight, a defence of his undisputed lightweight championship in opposition to Vasiliy Lomachenko, is “essentially made,” promoter Bob Arum tells Sky Sporting activities.
In a superlative 2022, unbeaten American star Haney has twice defeated George Kambosos in Australia, unifying all 4 of the key lightweight titles in their initial bout then defending his undisputed crown.
However former light-weight champion Lomachenko returned to motion in October, immediately after serving in Ukraine when Russia invaded his state previously this 12 months.
Lomachenko defeat Jamaine Ortiz in an fascinating 12-spherical clash at Madison Square Backyard to re-establish himself now as 1 of the main contenders in the 135lb division.
Top Rank promoter Bob Arum disclosed that Haney vs Lomachenko will occur in 2023.
“That struggle is primarily made. We’re on the lookout for the web-site and the date and that’ll be announced soon,” Arum informed Sky Sporting activities. “I had lunch with Invoice Haney, Devin’s father and Devin joined us and they are all all set.
“They are pretty men and women. That combat will come about either in advance of or ideal immediately after Ramadan. Simply because Devin is a spiritual Muslim and so we can not do it in the course of Ramadan but we could do it just before or right after. So I talked over all of that with the Haneys,” Arum ongoing.
“But they are on board for the combat.”
There are exciting fights to be designed in that pounds course, with Shakur Stevenson moving up to 135lbs in 2023 as perfectly.
“There are a lot of excellent young fighters,” Arum pointed out. “All genuinely superior lightweights. The lightweight division is alive and perfectly.”
Haney however is massive for the pounds and he is envisioned to move up to 140lbs following his bout with Lomachenko.
Arum thinks he could go straight into a tremendous-light-weight battle with Teofimo Lopez, the gentleman who famously upset Lomachenko in 2020.
“Regis Prograis is a likelihood [for Lopez]. There are other opportunities for Teofimo. 1 of the issues is for him to choose another combat and, if Haney beats Lomachenko, have Haney battle Teofimo in a non-title battle. That would be a big combat. So there are a great deal of means to go with these guys,” Arum stated.
With Tyson Fury near to finalising his heavyweight showdown with Oleksandr Usyk, Top Rank are previously concerned in a further big undisputed title fight that is in the approach of being established for future calendar year.
“As fantastic a calendar year as 2022 has been,” Arum stated, “I assume 2023 is going to be better.”