Devin Haney Says Teofimo Lopez is Not the Undisputed Champion

Published 11/06/2020, 2:10 PM EST
LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney trains during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez shocked the world with an impressive unanimous decision win over the then pound-for-pound stalwart, Vasyl Lomachenko, this past month to grab the unified lightweight championship.

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In the process, Lopez picked up the IBF, WBA, WBO, and The Ring lightweight title to maintain his undefeated streak. The 23-year-old boxer is a Super champion and is eyeing jumping weights to become a multi-divisional champ.

However, boxing fans feel that there is still one belt missing for Lopez to truly hold the unified lightweight gold. The WBO lightweight title, which belongs to “The Dream” Devin Haney.

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NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)

“At the end of the day, he kept saying that he is willing to fight me. He knows, he gains from fighting me. It’s something that he knows that he doesn’t feel right without fighting me for the real undisputed.

“He knows that he is not undisputed without fighting me. You know, for real, all the belts,” Haney said.

In a conversation on Seconds Out, Haney called out the “Takeover” and stated that he is not the undisputed champion, courtesy of the WBC lightweight strap is still around his waist.

Haney called out Vasyl Lomachenko in the past for the undisputed gold. However, the match-up did not see the light of the day and went straight to the “Takeover” Teofimo Lopez.

Devin Haney returns to the boxing ring on November 7

The undefeated American boxer will finally make his much-anticipated return to the boxing ring after being away for almost a year. Haney was last seen against Alfredo Santiago in his first title defense for the WBC strap back in November 2019.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Devin Haney celebrates his victory over Rafael Vazquez in their super featherweight fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Haney will share the boxing ring against Yuriorkis Gamboa on November 7th inside the Hard Rock Live in Florida. The undefeated boxer has an impeccable record of 24-0 and will look to build on it as he goes toe to toe against the Cuban powerhouse.

There has been a lot of confusion in the lightweight division ever since Vasyl Lomachenko was promoted to the “Franchise Champion.”

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Gervonta Davis currently holds the WBA (regular) lightweight gold, and Haney, the WBC strap. It’s no wonder that Haney is not ready to accept Teofimo Lopez as the undisputed lightweight champion.

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Nikhil Chauhan

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I low-key like Dana White and his decisions, but that doesn't mean I am not a fan of super fights. Always up for a chat related to UFC, I am a passionate filmmaker.

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