Fireworks are ready to fly.
Devin Haney is set to challenge Vasyl Lomachenko on May 20 in a bout for the undisputed lightweight title. The 12-round fight takes place at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, with prelim fights beginning at 9 p.m. ET.
"The Dream" is favored (-280) in the Haney vs Lomachenko odds, as the 24-year-old phenom boasts a 29-0 pro boxing record.
Devin Haney vs Vasyl Lomachenko Odds
Odds as of May 19
According to our sports betting calculator, Haney's -280 odds give him an implied victory percentage of 73.68, meaning a $100 bet pays out $135.71. Loma's +220 odds give him a 31.25 percent chance to win, and a successful $100 bet on him pays $320.
How To Watch Haney vs Lomachenko
- Date/Time: May 20, 9 p.m. ET
- Location: Las Vegas, Nevada
- Arena: MGM Grand Garden Arena
- Where to Watch: ESPN+ PPV
Haney vs Lomachenko Tale Of The Tape
|Boxer||Devin Haney||Vasyl Lomachenko|
|Hometown||San Francisco, California||Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Ukraine|
|Reach||71 inches||65.5 inches|
Haney vs Lomachenko Odds & Preview: Who Will Win?
The Haney vs Lomachenko odds are pretty tight, by boxing standards at least. Perhaps this fight isn't a complete slam dunk in the American's favor.
How Haney Wins
Way too many fighters get compared to Floyd Mayweather. There is no one like Mayweather. But, Haney, at just 24 years old, fights with a Mayweather-esque style. Jab, grab and dodge — Haney can carry himself to a victory that way.
Unlike Mayweather, Haney is oversized for the lightweight division, but he doesn't carry a ton of power. Each of the San Francisco native's last six fights has been a decision victory, which tells us he understands who he is as a fighter. Haney's no monster, but he's big, long and will own a 5.5-inch reach advantage over Loma on May 20.
Watch for the American to wear down his opponent and drag this fight into the later rounds.
How Lomachenko Wins
I think Loma's skills actually act as a great counter to what Haney might bring on fight night. The Ukrainian is very elusive, known for his flighty footwork which helps glide around opponents with ease. You match that with a knack for finding powerful punching angles, and you've got a pretty perfect build-a-fighter model. He's a perfectly pure boxer.
But sometimes Lomachenko falls short. He often likes to take a few rounds to learn his opponent's tendencies and then gameplan how to exploit them. If the 35-year-old takes too long on May 20, Haney — and his physical skillset — will establish an irreversible lead on the scorecards.
One or two rounds of dancing are fine. After that, Loma needs to fire it up and attack.
Devin Haney vs Vasyl Lomachenko Pick
Haney by decision is the easy pick, but, in this situation, I'm not feeling it.
Loma finds himself in trouble vs big-power opponents or technical whizzes who make him adapt. I'm not sure Haney is either of those things. With that in mind, Lomachenko can let it rip without fear of brutal counter-blows from Haney. And when "Hi-Tech" fights with nothing to lose, watch out.