Devin Haney gets big fine for pre-fight Lomachenko shove

Devin Haney will take a hit to the pocket for his antics before his fight with Vasiliy Lomachenko.

By: Lukasz Fenrych | 3 months ago
Devin Haney gets big fine for pre-fight Lomachenko shove
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Devin Haney is currently riding high off one of the biggest wins of his career. The 30-0 undisputed lightweight champion took a controversial decision win over Ukranian boxing star Vasiliy Lomachenko this past May at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas. Before the bout ever hit the ring, however, Haney got an early start on the action at the pre-fight weigh-ins.

Haney got on the wrong side of the Nevada State Athletic Commission when he shoved Vasiliy Lomachenko across the stage at their weigh-in last month. After a recent NSAC commission meeting, we know what punishment he’ll face. Per Bloody Elbow’s Trent Reinsmith, Nevada has decided on a hefty fine for the young champion.

Devin Haney fined $25,000

A punitive fine of $25,000, plus an administrative fee of $326 is the punishment coming Haney’s way. While that’s clearly a lot of money for what ended up being only an afterthought to the action, it could have been much worse. The commission had initially withheld $400,000 of Haney’s purse pending this hearing. That will now be released back to the boxer.

Haney’s controversial win

Haney, of course, will take comfort in the fact that he won that fight. It was a controversial decision, to be sure—with Haney winning 115-113 on two judges cards and 116-112 on third—but he took the honors and remains the undisputed champion in the lightweight division.

Lomachenko’s team has planned to appeal the decision, but since these things pretty much never get overturned except in the case of egregious refereeing errors or similar incidents, it seems unlikely he’ll have any success. For the foreseeable future, the belts remain with Haney. Now the only question is, will we get a fight with Shakur Stevenson next, or will their current war of words come to nothing.

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Lukasz Fenrych
Lukasz Fenrych

Lukasz Fenrych is an analyst and writer. He has been covering combat sports since 2019, and joined Bloody Elbow's boxing team in 2022.

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