Vasiliy Lomachenko and Devin Haney ignite their rivalry with heated exchange on social media

"I’m waiting for you cowards to decide on a real fight, and not on a Twitter fight"; Vasyl Lomachenko responded to Haney’s challenge, stating he would relish an intriguing lightweight clash against the American

Image: Vasyl Lomachenko appeared to welcome a possible fight with Devin Haney

Vasiliy Lomachenko and Devin Haney traded insults on Twitter after the Ukrainian reacted angrily to a question about his absence since defeat by Teofimo Lopez.

Lomachenko seems to have stepped out of the spotlight after suffering just the second loss of his professional career to Lopez in October, while Haney defended his WBC title with a points win over Yuriorkis Gamboa in November.

Despite Haney's 25 straight wins, Lomachenko would represent his stiffest challenge to date, with the southpaw having become a pound-for-pound star before his shock setback at the hands of Lopez.

November 7, 2020; Hollywood, Florida; Devin Haney and Yuriorkis Gamboa during their bout on the November 7, 2020 Matchroom Boxing card in Hollywood, FL. Mandatory Credit: Ed Mulholland/Matchroom.
Image: Haney has been elevated to WBC champion

But the unbeaten 22-year-old remains unfazed and sparked the Twitter exchange by asking: "Where is Loma at!?!?!?"

Lopez vs Lomachenko
Image: Teofimo Lopez stunned Lomachenko in their unification fight in October

"I'm here! I'm waiting for you cowards to decide on a real fight, and not on a Twitter fight," Lomachenko fired back.

Haney replied: "Waiting is not your best bet. I would think you learned that from the Teo fight."

Lomachenko then took a swipe at Haney's record, tweeting: "Waiting is your favorite action, because you still haven't fought with anyone."

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But Haney wanted the final word, responding: "I was definitely waiting to fight you when I was your MANDATORY & you petitioned for the Franchise Title!"

The lightweight division is hotly contested, with Lopez, Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis also vying for supremacy at 135 pounds.

Ryan Garcia
Image: Ryan Garcia shares the same trainer as Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in Eddy Reynoso
Floyd Mayweather, Gervonta Davis
Image: Floyd Mayweather has guided the career of Gervonta Davis

Lopez is considered the No 1 fighter, having unified the WBA, WBO and IBF titles with a dominant unanimous decision victory over Lomachenko.

Garcia is the mandatory challenger to Haney's WBC belt, but has also called out Floyd Mayweather's protégé Davis for a mega fight.

Teofimo Lopez
Image: Lopez owns three of the four titles at 135 pounds

Lomachenko is the oldest of the elite crop but is the most accomplished, having won two Olympic golds in an incredible amateur career which saw him lose only once in 397 fights.

The heated Twitter exchange with Haney would suggest his desire remains as strong as ever as he bids to re-establish himself as the finest lightweight in the world.

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