LAS VEGAS – After Devin Haney pushed Vasiliy Lomachenko hard during Friday’s event, the Nevada State Athletic Commission is expected to file a complaint with the attorney general’s office for harassment at its next meeting, sources told ESPN.
Haney, who is set to earn $4 million guaranteed for his undisputed lightweight title fight against Lomachenko on Saturday (10 p.m. ET, ESPN+ PPV), will likely be fined, sources said.
The commission also requested a second re-examination of Lomachenko (17-2, 11 KOs) to review the fight out of caution, according to sources, although the Ukrainian appeared undaunted afterwards.
“Now it’s mine,” said Lomachenko, who weighed 135 pounds at Friday morning’s weigh-in. “He’s powerless. … He’s scared. … I can see right now 100 percent (he’s scared).”
Haney, who weighed in at 134.9 pounds for the second defense of his four lightweight titles, shot after a push. The promotion was in shambles until the 24-year-old Haney started a frenzy throughout the ring, sparking a frenzy between the two best boxers.
“This was just the beginning,” said Haney, who fights out of Las Vegas. “See how easily I pushed him? He’s a lesser man and I’m going to force him to do my bidding.”
Lomachenko, a former three-division champion, will receive a guaranteed $3 million, sources said. The 35-year-old lost his three lightweight titles to Teofimo Lopez in October 2020.
Haney (29-0, 15 KOs) won the undisputed lightweight championship with a unanimous decision victory over George Kambosos in June and retained his titles in a rematch in Australia in October. Haney is ESPN’s No. 1 lightweight while Lomachenko is at number 2.
Jeff Mullen, executive director of the Nevada State Athletic Commission, did not return a message seeking comment.