Mike CoppingerESPN3 minutes of reading
LAS VEGAS — The Nevada State Athletic Commission is set to file a complaint with its attorney’s office for a disciplinary hearing at its next meeting after Devin Haney forcibly pushed Vassily Lomachenko at Friday’s weigh-in, sources told ESPN.
Sources say Hani, who is guaranteed $4 million for his undisputed lightweight championship defense against Lomachenko on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV), will be fined.
The commission requested a second physical for Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs), but later medically cleared him for the fight out of an abundance of caution, according to sources who said the Ukrainian was not confused.
“Now he’s mine,” said Lomachenko, who weighed 135 pounds at Friday morning’s weigh-in. “He has no power. … He’s scared. … I see it now and one hundred percent (he’s scared).”
Haney, who weighs in at 134.9 pounds, was excited after the push for the second defense of his four lightweight titles. The promotion was fairly tame until the 24-year-old Haynie launched a cross-stage challenge, injecting some hype into a clash between two of boxing’s greatest fighters.
“That was the beginning,” said Haney, who fights out of Las Vegas. “Did you see how easily I pushed him? He’s a small man and I’m going to impose my will on him.”
Lomachenko, a former three-division champion, is set to earn $3 million, sources said. The 35-year-old lost all three of his lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020.
Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) won the undisputed lightweight championship with a unanimous decision win over George Camposos in June and retained his titles in a rematch in Australia in October. Haney is ESPN’s No. 1 lightweight, while Lomachenko is No. 2.
Jeff Mullen, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, did not return a message seeking comment.