“I Am Ducking the Email World Champion. Since When?” – Teofimo Lopez Fires Back at Devin Haney

Published 06/14/2021, 7:41 AM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: Teofimo Lopez Jr celebrates after defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) in their Lightweight World Title bout at MGM Grand Las Vegas Conference Center on October 17, 2020 in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Mikey Williams/Top Rank via Getty Images)


Ahead of his first title defense against George Kambosos Jr, there has been no shortage of top lightweights calling out the undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. However, there has been one name that particularly interests the lightweight king.

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WBC Lightweight champion Devin Haney has called out ‘The Takeover’ after his successful title defense against Jorge Linares. ‘The Dream’ continues to be one name that alludes to ‘The Takeover’, who has plans to hold two divisions simultaneously.

After a recent open workout, Lopez replied strongly to the accusations that he is ducking Haney. He said, “Don’t worry, we are going to checkmate all of these motherf****rs… Devin wanted to call me out. Be all this big dog on the internet. Like I said, man, they hollering on the internet, I am real-life dog.”

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Don’t worry, we are going to show everybody. One by one. Put them in front of me and I’ma knock them out. I am going to show you the fraud that these guys are,” he said.

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“Apparently I am ducking the email world champion. Since when? But I didn’t duck the pound-for-pound number one Lomachenko,” Lopez concluded.

Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney: A Heated Rivalry

Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez Jr have a history of going back and forth online. As both pugilists sit at the top of the heap of the lightweight division, the fight is something that excites both gentlemen.

After defeating Vasyl Lomachenko, Haney’s name was the first that was on the mind of Lopez Jr. When asked what was next for him after beating ‘Loma’, ‘Take Over’ said, “Man, take me to 140. Or I could fight the two-time email world champion, Devin Haney, if they want that.”

Haney also tweeted his desire to unify the title against ‘Take Over’. He also said that Lopez was the main fight that he wanted.

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The feud has been going on between the two ever since Lopez’s victory over Lomachenko. With no bout agreement coming to terms, Haney has already defended his title since and Lopez will try to do the same on June 19. Lopez has said that he would have wanted to fight ‘The Dream’ even if Haney had lost his title to Jorge Linares.

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With both the gentlemen undefeated in the division, they are surely on a course to face each other. When do you think they will come face-to-face inside the squared circle? Let us know.

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Akshit Pushkarna

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Akshit Pushkarna, who has a Post Graduate Degree in Journalism from Xavier's Institute of Communication, is an MMA writer for EssentiallySports. Before his current role, Akshit worked on the Urban Development beat at the Urban Update magazine. However, combat sports always called out to Akshit, who pursued both boxing and wrestling at a regional level before shifting his focus to MMA journalism.

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