Teofimo Lopez Feels Obligated to Knock Devin Haney Out: ‘I Can’t Stand Him’

Published 01/07/2021, 1:55 AM EST


Teofimo Lopez is the lightweight kingpin of boxing. In no time, Lopez has marched on to the top, crucifying all his opponents. He recently won The Ring magazine’s Fighter of the Year for his electrifying performance against Vasyl Lomachenko. His fans and haters will wonder what he will do in 2021 to follow up his successful 2020.

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In a chat with Fight Hub TV, the undefeated boxer opened up on the probable Devin Haney challenge and more. He said, “Honestly, what does it (Devin Haney fight) do for me?”

You’re still looking at the facts… All right, we go out there, we beat them, okay? I’ll knock him out, I just can’t stand him.”

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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)

Lopez seemed pretty confident of beating Devin Haney. He believes that title unification is two steps away from him. However, ‘The Takeover’ will not just have to beat ‘The Dream’ but also another lightweight sensation, Gervonta Davis.

He added, “I beat him, and then what happened, what’s next Gervonta’s WBA what regular champion? He’s WBA regular champion, I am the super champion right!

“Next, you know I beat Devin, they’re gonna be like ‘well you’re not undisputed yet’, because you still gotta beat Gervonta Davis because he has a WBA belt.” 

‘The Takeover’ looked keen on booking both these fights, as he knows that winning these will leave no debate as to his position in the lightweight sphere.

Read – ‘Everybody Was Being a D**k to Me and My Father’- Teofimo Lopez Rejects Rematch With Vasyl Lomachenko

Can Teofimo Lopez become the unified lightweight champion?

With just 16 wins to his name, Teofimo Lopez has bagged the WBO, IBF, and WBA lightweight titles of the world. He is one resolute boxer who has risen quickly. In order to be the unified lightweight king of boxing, the 23-year-old will have to get past two mighty challenges.

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Lopez has fought some top contenders to reach the pinnacle, but he has just not fought anyone as good as Devin Haney or Gervonta Davis. Akin to ‘The Takeover’ they too are undefeated and in addition to titles, the prospect of undefeated streaks being on the line will add a layer of intrigue to the lightweight bouts.

To beat the aforementioned contenders, Lopez will have to dig deep. If he puts on an elite display, he will undeniably become the unified king of the 135-pound division.

Haney or Davis? Who would you like to see Lopez take on first?

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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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