“It’s About Damn Time”: Teofimo Lopez Fires Back At Bill Haney For Recent Remarks Over Terence Crawford Debacle

Published 01/11/2024, 2:06 PM EST

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Bill Haney has heavily come down on Teofimo Lopez after he undermined Terence Crawford’s achievements in the ring. However, the 26-year-old, WBO super light champion is not one to take any heat. In response to Bill’s verbal beatings, he’s now etched a sword on his son, Devin Haney.

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Teofimo Lopez is slated to defend his title against the challenge of Jermaine Ortiz on the 8th of February at the Miclebob Ultra Arena, Las Vegas. While he prepares for that weekday fight, he whipped up some tension against undisputed welterweight, Terence Crawford. He claimed that ‘Bud’ undertook fights only against injured opponents, chipping away every victory that the Nebraska southpaw has registered. While in response Bud spared no words, Bill Haney too sided with him. This entire debacle now begs one pertinent question. Is this Lopez’s way of getting to the elite fighters?

Teofimo Lopez wants to take his fights one at a time

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Riled by his comments on Bud, senior Haney on Instagram stories asked ‘The Takeover’ to “act like you got some sense” and then he’ll make sure Devin Haney vs. Teofimo Lopez sees the day. In response, the Nevada-based fighter wrote on his X, “The Haney’s are now on the radar! It’s about damn time. One fight at a time baby! One fight at a time. DAMN IT FEELS GREAT TO BE BACK,” he declared.

In an interview with  Michelle Joy Phelps, Lopez who registered a splendid victory over Josh Taylor in June last year had some unpopular things to say about Crawford, the 2x undisputed champion. He noted that he had called on Bud for a fight at 147, however, the latter was indisposed with the Errol Spence Jr. rematch. He further said, “The fighters that Crawford fought were handicapped ….so every fighter that Crawford has faced throughout the 147 division, whether it looks good on paper they’ve been injured, I’m healthy. Fight the best fighter at a healthier weight. Let’s do it.”

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His comments come in the light of Spence Jr., who lost his unified welterweight titles to Bud last year claimed that he could not respond to Bud’s lethal jabs in their historic clash owing to his cataracts. While 36-year-old Bud had his things to say about that, he was a bit more unabashed in responding to Lopez. Why not? His entire career legacy was questioned by the Takeover.

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Taking to his X, the 40-fights undefeated fighter wrote, “And @TeofimoLopez yo little b*tch a*s better worry about them little guys that’s on yo a*s down there in yo weight class. It crazy every time I see yo h*e a*s you don’t even look my way, but when you in front of a camera you got so much to say. You a pu**y.”

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In a following post, he continued his attacks. “I fought everyone and everybody that was put on my table. Never turned down a fight in my life. Even if it was late notice, moving up in weight. Short fighters, tall fighters, strong fighters, fast fighters, boxers, brawlers etc,I fought them all.”

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It is to see if this volatile debacle outside the ring translates to anything inside the ring. While Bud has defended his honour in the sport, Bill Haney has pushed for a fight between his son and Lopez. What is your take on the entire debacle? Let us know in the comments section below.

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