Devin Haney Tells Mike Tyson that Teofimo Lopez Does Not Want to Fight Him: ‘He Just Said it in an Interview’

Published 01/19/2021, 5:57 AM EST
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)


The WBC lightweight champion, Devin Haney, predominantly stays out of the limelight. He is a camera-shy boxer who maintains a quiet social media profile. But ‘The Dream’ never fails to hit back at combatants who try to get into his head.

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Recently, Matchroom Boxing shared a video on its Twitter account where Haney was seen alongside Mike Tyson, putting some spotlight on his arch-nemesis, Teofimo Lopez.

Tyson said, “Teofimo Lopez said he’ll kick your a**, and that’s why I got you on phone.”

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‘The Dream’ responded in style and stated, “Yeah, but he just said it in an interview but in reality when he comes to actually put in the fight together, that’s not the case at all.” 

Lopez and Haney have taken wild shots at each other a number of times. ‘Take Over’ has all the 135-pound belts except for Devin Haney’s WBC belt. Both the fighters are equally eager to walk as the undisputed lightweight champion, and that can only happen once they step inside the ring together.

Lopez last fought to Vasyl Lomachenko in 2020 and isn’t lined up with any opponent.

On the flip side, his rival Haney will have to take on the WBC interim champion Ryan Garcia in a few months. He will look forward to defending his title first, before moving to fight ‘The Takeover’.

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Devin Haney vs Teofimo Lopez, who’ll cement himself as the ultimate lightweight king?

Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez rule the lightweight division of boxing. The pair have remained undefeated by tyrannizing every opponent they have faced. Given the fact that they are undefeated, the prospect of battle to retain the 0 will dominate proceedings too. However, they will have to wait for a while to confront each other.

‘The Dream’ will firstly have to get past a tough opponent in the form of Ryan Garcia. If he’s able to put on a show in that fight, he will retain his title and move onto the Lopez fight.

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NEW YORK, NY – SEPTEMBER 13: Devin Haney(red and white trunks) celebrates with his coach after beating Zaur Abdullaev(Red and black trunks) by doctor stoppage for The WBC Interim Lightweight Championship at The Hulu Theater at Madison Square Garden on September 13, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Anthony Geathers/Getty Images)

It will interest their fans to see how things play out over the next couple of months. Both of them possess a solid ability to put on an exquisite boxing spectacle.

Who will you root for in this contest?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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