Teofimo Lopez Accuses Devin Haney of Money-Grabbing, Haney Fires Back

Published 02/07/2021, 1:33 AM EST
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)


The drama in the lightweight division continues as Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney are back at it. The champions lashed out at each other because of Lopez’s recent comments about Haney. The ‘Takeover’ accused ‘The Dream’ of being a money-grabber.

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LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney trains during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

Lopez and Haney have been going at each other ever since rumors of their fight broke out. ‘The Takeover’, who has to either fight Haney or George Kambosos Jr next, gave an interview that instigated their latest verbal battle.

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Speaking to FightHype.com, Lopez explained why Haney lost out on a shot at Lomachenko before himself. He said, “If there’s anybody to blame for the opportunity, blame himself. Because he missed that opportunity. He could have had it before I did.”

‘The Takeover’ then added, “He could have fought Lomachenko before I did. But he overpriced himself, you know. I got shortchanged on it. I did. But I knew what was at task.” 

These comments showed that the 23-year-old felt that his compatriot bothered more about the money than the value of the fight.

He also suggested that since he took the fight, he is now the ‘A-side’ in the division. However, this was bound to draw a response from ‘The Dream’.

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Devin Haney fired back at Teofimo Lopez

The 21-year-old champion did not hold back and took to Twitter to reveal his reaction. He wrote, “Teo might be on Drugs… I’m convinced.” Not only did this suggest Lopez’s accusations were untrue, but he also took a dig at his rival.

However, the 16-0 fighter did not let this slide without his own tweet. He tweeted out, “HIGH OFF LIFE! Best drug out there.” 

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Reports suggest the two will settle their differences in the ring only if the Kambosos Jr fight falls through. Moreover, things like this outside the ring will only add to the potential fight. It promises to be a fiery affair if they are to meet in the ring.

What do you make of these accusations from Teofimo Lopez? Do you think Devin Haney avoided fighting Vasyl Lomachenko before Lopez fought him?

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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