“Most People Don’t Know Sh*t About Boxing”: Opposing Daniel Cormier, Israel Adesanya Gives His Verdict on the Controversial Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko Fight

Published 05/22/2023, 10:06 AM EDT

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Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko became the catalyst for an uproar of debates, conspiracy theories, and more people than ever suddenly claiming they’re boxing experts. The outcome of this popular boxing fight left fans and experts divided. Despite most fans believing Lomachenko had the upper hand, the judges surprisingly awarded a unanimous decision in favor of Haney.

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As soon as the officials announced Haney as the winner, social media started filling up with diverse opinions. Many known personalities from the fighting world, including Daniel Cormier, criticized the decision. Recently, UFC middleweight champion Israel Adesanya has also stepped into the pond of discussion to give his opinions.

Israel Adesanya reacts to Devin Haney vs Vasiliy Lomachenko

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Israel Adesanya provided a fresh and unexpected take on the outcome of this fight. Also, he emphasized the closeness of the fight and seemingly did not believe that it was a robbery. Going forward, Adesanya acknowledged that the fight could have swung either way. He also recognized the stoic determination and unwavering focus displayed by both Haney and Lomachenko.

Although he did admit that Haney winning would cause “protests” as Lomachenko was the underdog in the fight. “It could go either way. I’m sure you know if they gave it to Devin, there’ll be protests but it was a close fight”, Adesanya said.

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“It’s a close fight like I said. They both were right, there they both were stoic, focused, and didn’t back down. So glad I’m not a judge and I’m not a boxing official but I’m just a fan. Guess what? Most people don’t know sh*t about boxing.”

Israel Adesanya talks about recency bias

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During his analysis, Adesanya shed light on the concept of recency bias, which he believed played a significant role in boxing judging as well as in the perception of fans and even fighters themselves. Recency bias refers to the tendency to place greater emphasis on recent events or moments. This leads individuals to remember and give more weight to the final rounds of a fight.

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“I’m not a judge. You have to realize recency bias sometimes affects judges, it affects fans, affects even fighters. That’s why whenever you’re fighting, it’s like 30-20 seconds, you hear the clapping you try to win the later part. That’s just because that’s what the judges remember last.”

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Israel Adesanya‘s unique perspective provided a thought-provoking insight into the challenges faced by judges and the influence of recency bias in boxing.

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Sushant Sharma

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Sushant Sharma is a UFC writer at EssentiallySports who has a keen understanding of the complex commercial nature of the sport. With a degree in Commerce from a prestigious institute, Sushant has a unique perspective on the multi-million-dollar industry that surrounds the UFC. He is an avid fan of the sport and has been following it closely since 2016.
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