‘He’s Getting Cornered’ – Devin Haney Feels Teofimo Lopez is Running Out of Options

Published 01/23/2021, 8:46 AM EST
OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez walks to his corner after the seventh round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


The feud between lightweight stalwarts, Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney is simmering much more rapidly. The duo has repeatedly targeted each other on various occasions. Both of them are keen to scrap and signify themselves as the undisputed lightweight champion.

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Recently, the WBC champion Devin Haney got interviewed by Seconds Out, where he laid out his thoughts on the unified champion Lopez. The interviewer asked ‘The Dream’ that what happens if Lopez moves up a weight class.

No, I don’t think he’ll change a weight division, I think he’ll stay in 135 a little bit longer and then eventually go up. I just hope that he doesn’t go up without fighting me first,” said Haney.

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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)

Teofimo Lopez has definite plans to move up to the light-welterweight division. But, Haney rubbed off the interviewer’s notions of Lopez moving up to the 140-pounds right away. ‘The Dream’ wants ‘The Takeover’ to move up only after he contends against him.

He further continued, “It’s narrowing down that’s why you know I don’t feel like I have to chase the fight as much because it’s narrowing down and he’s getting cornered.”  

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Haney seemed elevated to give the unified champion a stern taste inside the ring. And the question in everyone’s mind is when it will take place.

Devin Haney vs Teofimo Lopez, an inevitable clash for 2021?

Lopez and Haney are both undefeated in their professional boxing run. Haney is supposedly aligned for Ryan Garcia in his next bout, which will be a WBC title defense. However, the latter is supposedly in line to fight Gervonta Davis. On the flip side, Lopez is in talks with George Kambosos Jr.’s team for defending his 135-pound titles.

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Both of them have to get past rugged tests first before their promotions can target an undisputed title bout. There can only be a single face to emerge as a lightweight king among them. Hence, it will be interesting to see how things play out in the coming months.

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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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