‘Lomachenko Would Devour Haney’ – Teofimo Lopez Makes a Bold Claim

Published 11/05/2021, 12:57 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)


Weeks after their heated exchange, Teofimo Lopez has aimed shots at WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney once again. The unified lightweight champion talked about the current 135 lbs scenario and didn’t credit the existing champions enough.

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Instead, he hailed his former rival Vasyl Lomachenko and backed him to topple many A-listers of the modern age.

Teofimo Lopez said, “Vasyl Lomachenko would beat all those guys, all those guys. Lomachenko would beat up Tank, Lomachenko would devour Haney, Lomachenko would beat Shakur… Even though Loma’s on his way out, he’s still got enough to beat these guys.” (H/T:- Michael Benson)

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As Gervonta Davis, Devin Haney, and Shakur Stevenson all have been undefeated world champions and currently have their titles, they will remain levels above the former lightweight champion Lomachenko. Alternatively, ‘Hi-Tech’ has proven his worth enough to be considered a modern-age elite.

Resurrecting himself from the loss against Teofimo Lopez, Lomachenko scored a sensational TKO win against Masayoshi Nakatani in June. He will now face Richard Commey in December.

On bagging another win, we can expect him to challenge for a world title shot soon, possibly in a rematch against Teofimo Lopez.

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Teofimo Lopez and Vasyl Lomachenko should run it back

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Lomachenko has constantly demanded the rematch since losing the fight last year, but Teofimo Lopez denied him the chance. He chose George Kambosos Jr. as his first challenger, but that fight has yet to happen. Meanwhile, Lomachenko’s return to action has validated him to re-demand the rematch against Lopez.

LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Vasiliy Lomachenko punches Teofimo Lopez Jr 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)

If ‘Take Over’ successfully beats Kambosos Jr. next, he shall have to defend his belts against the Ukrainian master. As Lomachenko is just one win away from entering the title ride, the young champions should get ready to trade punches with the veteran.

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Do you think Vasyl Lomachenko can be a champion again?

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Raj Sarkar

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A senior boxing writer at EssentiallySports, Raj Sarkar is a mass media graduate who is currently pursuing his master’s degree in broadcast journalism. In addition to his current role, he has worked with the MMA team at EssentiallySports and has interviewed prominent fighters such as Ritu Phogat and 'The Red King' Rory MacDonald. Combining his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports, he has earned a combined 3000 plus bylines over the last two years.

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