“I Was Studying the Fight”: Oscar De La Hoya Reveals the ‘Hands Down’ Victor of the Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomachenko Showdown

Published 05/23/2023, 9:15 AM EDT

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In the combative world of boxing, the blows don’t always cease once the bell rings. This is precisely the case in the aftermath of the fierce Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko championship fight. Despite the official verdict announcing Haney as the unanimous victor, boxing icon Oscar De La Hoya has thrown a curveball into the mix, countering the judge’s decision with a definitive proclamation of his own.

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Oscar De La Hoya, renowned for his ringside acumen, doesn’t just dispute the verdict – he flips it on its head. From his front-row vantage point, the fight took on a different hue. It is an unexpected revelation that demands attention and amplifies the debate surrounding the hotly contested showdown. What exactly did Oscar De La Hoya witness from his ringside seat?

Oscar De La Hoya gives out his final verdict after watching the match ringside

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In a candid conversation with InsideFighting, boxing legend Oscar De La Hoya aired his strong objections against the official decision of the recent championship bout between Devin Haney and Vasiliy Lomachenko.

He began by stating his presence and focus during the fight, “I was there, front row, center, I was watching the fight carefully.” Contrary to the unanimous victory declared in favor of Haney, De La Hoya offered his own decisive evaluation. “I had Lomachenko 8-4. Literally 8-4. Seven-five, at worst. Yeah, it was pretty bad,” he said.

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While De La Hoya does hold a deep respect for Haney, acknowledging him as one of the master boxers in today’s sport, he stands unyielding in his conviction that Lomachenko was the true victor of the fight.

Oscar De La Hoya advises Lomachenko to look ahead

In the aftermath of the fight, Oscar De La Hoya endorsed the decision by Lomachenko’s manager, Egis Klimas, to protest the verdict. “I would appeal it,” Oscar De La Hoya affirmed, adding, “They have a good enough case. I mean, you can watch that fight over and over and over again. It was 8-4, or 7-5, I mean, at worst.”

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Yet, despite his passionate backing of Lomachenko’s right to the win, De La Hoya had some unexpected advice for the fighter. “If I was Loma, I would just move on to the next because I think the world knows that he won,” he opined, suggesting that Lomachenko should look forward rather than seeking a rematch with Haney.

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These statements, rich with conviction, have added a new dimension to the ongoing debate surrounding the controversial fight, proving that the final bell doesn’t always signal the end of the match.

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Mrinal Mishra is a Boxing writer at EssentiallySports, who is dedicated to covering live events with a special emphasis on influencer boxing events. With a focus on storytelling, Mishra strives to bring to light the stories of fighters that often go untold. As a big fan of Mike Tyson, Mishra believes that boxing will remain relevant for eternity, and he is committed to covering the sport with the respect and admiration it deserves.
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