WBC 'regular' lightweight champion Devin Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) says that he doesn’t see how Vasyl Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) can become an undisputed 135-lb champion without fighting him, Boxing News 24 reports.
According to Haney, Lomachenko holds the WBC Franchise title, which is a belt that cannot be lost. In other words, it’s a non-transferable title. If Lomachenko loses to somebody, he’s still the WBC Franchise champion. Haney feels that doesn’t make him the true WBC champion.
“He said it’s high risk, low reward. If he were to fight me, he’d get more money than if he fought somebody else,” Haney said. “The fans want to see me and him fight more than they want to see Commey or Teofimo. It makes all the sense in the world. If I was so easy, he’d fight me like anybody else. I don’t think he can become undisputed without fighting me”.
However, World Boxing Council president Mauricio Sulaiman said that Lomachenko can become an undisputed lightweight champion if he beats the winner of the December 14 fight between IBF 135-lb champion Richard Commey and Teofimo Lopez.
As we reported earlier, Vasyl Lomachenko received another prestigious award as the recognized world champion. According to the official portal of the WBC, he is now the World Boxing Franchise Champion.
Upon the awards ceremony, Vasyl shared with the press about the way it felt to get this title. According to him, it was his childhood's dream to win both WBC belts, the green and the gold one. "Now, it's come true", he said.