Teofimo Lopez Recognizes Devin Haney as the Next Contender: ‘We’re Going to Start Pressing on It’

Published 01/10/2021, 4:12 AM EST


Teofimo Lopez is the face of lightweight boxing today. The undefeated fighter took huge strides to sit at the pinnacle of this division. Lopez, 23, has countless opponents to take on to cement his legacy, but for now, he has one resilient opponent in mind, Devin Haney.

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In a chat with Sky Sports Boxing, ‘The Takeover’ unveiled his notions on Haney and why he wants to fight him next.

Lopez said, “He needs to step up his game and talking! He sucks at it man it’s horrible.”

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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)

Not just for his fighting skills, but Lopez viciously mocked ‘The Dream’ for his trash-talking abilities. Teofimo Lopez never fails to go one-on-one verbal war with his opponents, and he feels Devin Haney is just not up to the mark with piping down his opponents before the fights. He cited Haney as one of those fighters who need a script to verbally spar with his opponents.

Lopez continued, “But it’s all right, we’re gonna help him out in the process.”

He’s gotten out of hand and he got me going now. We’re going to start pressing him on it and me and my father already we’re all good on it. So I believe Devin Haney will be next.”

Teofimo Lopez vs Devin Haney fight to happen in 2021?

Lopez vs Haney fight carries immense hype coupled with responsibilities. This fight has the audacity to determine the undisputed and unified king of the 135-pound division. That said, it is the most exciting bouts of the lightweight division.

However, it can’t take place immediately as Ryan Garcia is the one with the most legitimate claim to the WBC belt. Furthermore, Lopez has been ordered to defend his belts against George Kambosos Jr.

OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez in his corner after the tenth round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Considering this, the fight can particularly go on floors by the end of 2021.

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Fans await this ferocious battle and look forward to seeing if Teofimo Lopez can stay true to his words.

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Who would you back in a fight between Lopez and Haney?

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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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