Teofimo Lopez: “We Talking About Devin Haney Next”

By: Hans Themistode Teofimo Lopez walks past his trophy collection every day. While inside may hold four major world titles, one of those aforementioned titles has brought about confusion. When Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) dethroned former unified lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko in mid-October of 2020, the Brooklyn native was officially tagged as an undisputed world champion. Be that as it may, with Lomachenko in possession of the WBC “Franchise” title, as opposed to the full title held by Devin Haney, fans have called for the pair to end the confusion and face each other in the ring. While Lopez believes he is clearly the undisputed king of the lightweight division, he’s heard the calls from the fans and is willing to give them what they want. “You know I’m undisputed already,” said Lopez during an Instagram live video. “But if y’all wanna see that we gonna give it to y’all.” Haney, 22, has called the undisputed title reign of Lopez a fraudulent one. With that said, many have pointed to how the Las Vegas resident actually acquired his championship status. After making quick work of previously undefeated Zaur Abdullaev via fourth-round stoppage in early 2019, Haney picked up the WBC interim title for his efforts. All along, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) planned on using his newly won trinket as a tool to lure then full champion Vasiliy Lomachenko into a mandated contest against him. Those plans though, were immediately thrown out of the window as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman designated Lomachenko as the newly appointed “Franchise,” champion. A designation he would then lose the moment he lost to Lopez. Haney on the other hand, was elevated to full champion status via email. It wasn't exactly how the 22-year-old pictured winning his first world title, but he has since defended his crown twice and wears it proudly. While Haney firmly believes that he is in fact the WBC champion, he has offered to face Lopez to end any confusion. At first, a bout between the pair seemed unrealistic. With Haney needing to deal with not one, but two mandatory challengers in Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna, along with Lopez having his own obligations in George Kambosos Jr., their highly anticipated showdown was thought to be nothing more than a pipe dream. Ultimately, the road to their undisputed matchup might be covered with mandatories left and right, but for Lopez, he is currently attempting to bypass his imperative title defense against Kamsosos Jr., and forge straight ahead to a matchup with Haney. “We talking about Devin Haney next. As long as we get everything sorted out with my mandatory, move that to the side then we can get Devin Haney next.” The post Teofimo Lopez: “We Talking About Devin Haney Next” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Teofimo Lopez: “We Talking About Devin Haney Next”

By: Hans Themistode

Teofimo Lopez walks past his trophy collection every day. While inside may hold four major world titles, one of those aforementioned titles has brought about confusion.

When Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) dethroned former unified lightweight titlist Vasiliy Lomachenko in mid-October of 2020, the Brooklyn native was officially tagged as an undisputed world champion. Be that as it may, with Lomachenko in possession of the WBC “Franchise” title, as opposed to the full title held by Devin Haney, fans have called for the pair to end the confusion and face each other in the ring.

While Lopez believes he is clearly the undisputed king of the lightweight division, he’s heard the calls from the fans and is willing to give them what they want.

“You know I’m undisputed already,” said Lopez during an Instagram live video. “But if y’all wanna see that we gonna give it to y’all.”

Haney, 22, has called the undisputed title reign of Lopez a fraudulent one. With that said, many have pointed to how the Las Vegas resident actually acquired his championship status. After making quick work of previously undefeated Zaur Abdullaev via fourth-round stoppage in early 2019, Haney picked up the WBC interim title for his efforts.

All along, Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) planned on using his newly won trinket as a tool to lure then full champion Vasiliy Lomachenko into a mandated contest against him. Those plans though, were immediately thrown out of the window as WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman designated Lomachenko as the newly appointed “Franchise,” champion. A designation he would then lose the moment he lost to Lopez.

Haney on the other hand, was elevated to full champion status via email. It wasn't exactly how the 22-year-old pictured winning his first world title, but he has since defended his crown twice and wears it proudly.

While Haney firmly believes that he is in fact the WBC champion, he has offered to face Lopez to end any confusion.

At first, a bout between the pair seemed unrealistic. With Haney needing to deal with not one, but two mandatory challengers in Ryan Garcia and Javier Fortuna, along with Lopez having his own obligations in George Kambosos Jr., their highly anticipated showdown was thought to be nothing more than a pipe dream.

Ultimately, the road to their undisputed matchup might be covered with mandatories left and right, but for Lopez, he is currently attempting to bypass his imperative title defense against Kamsosos Jr., and forge straight ahead to a matchup with Haney.

“We talking about Devin Haney next. As long as we get everything sorted out with my mandatory, move that to the side then we can get Devin Haney next.”

The post Teofimo Lopez: “We Talking About Devin Haney Next” appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Source : Boxing Insider More   

What's Your Reaction?

like
0
dislike
0
love
0
funny
0
angry
0
sad
0
wow
0

Next Article

Keith Thurman Returns To The Public Eye

By: Sean Crose After losing a close decision to the forty year old Manny Pacquiao in the summer of 2019, former WBA welterweight titlist Keith Thurman walked away from the public eye. Although he did an interesting interview with the Boxing Insider podcast late last year, and has spoken with several other media outlets over the past year and a half or so, Thurman has essentially been under the radar. He gamely admitted Pacquiao got the better of him, popped up on boxing news sites every so often - and that was about it. In the past several days, however, it seems like Thurman is trying to get himself back in the spotlight - as well as the ring. After wishing everyone Happy New Year on Instagram, Thurman has taken to social media with a shaved head and a lot to say. "A new year a new look a new philosophy," Thurman posted over the weekend, "2021 new me what are you going to do this yr? #timeforachange." On Monday, Thurman took to the internet again with a high octane, inspirational clip where he urged viewers to "read a new book, read a new article, go outside and make a new friend." The video was uploaded by Fox Sports: PBC. Photo Courtesy of PBC Thurman, who has been a professional boxer since 2007 is one of the more colorful figures in the fight game. Not only has he amassed a record of 29-1 with 22 knockouts, he has also come across as something different in the world of contemporary boxing - because he is. Never mind the long hair and pony tail the man once donned, Thurman has shown a philosophical, rather artsy flair that isn't often seen in sports in general, never mind the sweet science. Couple that with an impressive winning record and its little wonder why Thurman can still attract attention after about a year and a half out of ring. The question now is who Thurman might fight next. Although he reportedly wants to face Errol Spence, calling other fighters out is simply part and parcel of the fight business these days. Still, the man known as "One Time" has bested PBC stablemates Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. Aside from Pacquiao, who is the last man he fought - Spence seems like an interesting choice of opponent for Thurman. A rematch with Porter, Garcia or Pacquiao isn't out of the question either. Or maybe - just maybe - a deal can be made for a fight between he and Top Rank superstar Terence Crawford. The post Keith Thurman Returns To The Public Eye appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Keith Thurman Returns To The Public Eye

By: Sean Crose

After losing a close decision to the forty year old Manny Pacquiao in the summer of 2019, former WBA welterweight titlist Keith Thurman walked away from the public eye. Although he did an interesting interview with the Boxing Insider podcast late last year, and has spoken with several other media outlets over the past year and a half or so, Thurman has essentially been under the radar. He gamely admitted Pacquiao got the better of him, popped up on boxing news sites every so often - and that was about it. In the past several days, however, it seems like Thurman is trying to get himself back in the spotlight - as well as the ring.

After wishing everyone Happy New Year on Instagram, Thurman has taken to social media with a shaved head and a lot to say. "A new year a new look a new philosophy," Thurman posted over the weekend, "2021 new me what are you going to do this yr? #timeforachange." On Monday, Thurman took to the internet again with a high octane, inspirational clip where he urged viewers to "read a new book, read a new article, go outside and make a new friend." The video was uploaded by Fox Sports: PBC.

Photo Courtesy of PBC

Thurman, who has been a professional boxer since 2007 is one of the more colorful figures in the fight game. Not only has he amassed a record of 29-1 with 22 knockouts, he has also come across as something different in the world of contemporary boxing - because he is. Never mind the long hair and pony tail the man once donned, Thurman has shown a philosophical, rather artsy flair that isn't often seen in sports in general, never mind the sweet science. Couple that with an impressive winning record and its little wonder why Thurman can still attract attention after about a year and a half out of ring.

The question now is who Thurman might fight next. Although he reportedly wants to face Errol Spence, calling other fighters out is simply part and parcel of the fight business these days. Still, the man known as "One Time" has bested PBC stablemates Shawn Porter and Danny Garcia. Aside from Pacquiao, who is the last man he fought - Spence seems like an interesting choice of opponent for Thurman. A rematch with Porter, Garcia or Pacquiao isn't out of the question either. Or maybe - just maybe - a deal can be made for a fight between he and Top Rank superstar Terence Crawford.

The post Keith Thurman Returns To The Public Eye appeared first on BoxingInsider.com.

Source : Boxing Insider More   

This site uses cookies. By continuing to browse the site you are agreeing to our use of cookies.