Teofimo Lopez Reveals How Mike Tyson Convinced Him to Fight Devin Haney

Published 01/10/2021, 4:53 AM EST
NEW YORK, NEW YORK – APRIL 20: Teofimo Lopez celebrates his fifth rounf knockout of Edis Tatli during their lightweight fight at Madison Square Garden on April 20, 2019 in New York City. (Photo by Al Bello/Getty Images)


23-year-old unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is seemingly on the verge of unifying his titles with WBC champion Devin Haney. However, Lopez has several more options considering that the lightweight roster is full of unbeaten world champions.

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That said, heavyweight legend Mike Tyson might be rooting for Lopez vs Haney as ‘Take Over’ claims to have been instigated by ‘Iron’ Mike to accept the fight.

In an interaction with Sky Sports, ‘Take Over’ revealed how Tyson tried to persuade him for the fight against ‘The Dream’ and enjoyed the banter between the current lightweight champions.

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“Things that he (Mike Tyson) told me you know, we gotta make these fights happen. You know he was a lot of instigating when it came to you know, we had face-timed Devin Haney. You know he was talking smack with him on his show, Mike was enjoying it. Mike was having fun,” said Teofimo Lopez.

Teofimo Lopez also receives some great advice

After advising Teofimo Lopez over his boxing antics, Mike Tyson also shed light on some life lessons. Having seen so many dark days, Tyson is a boxing historian who has valuable lessons in both- success and failure. Akin to Lopez, the heavyweight great also found fame in his early stage. So, he also advised Lopez on how to lead his life outside the boxing ring.

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Recalling the whole interaction, Lopez said,  “The whole thing that he told me man, just keep beating them, pretty much. You know just keep beating them, enjoy the moment, but don’t let it take away from what your set goals are, and I took that a lot in there. He said, take care of your family. Take care of the those that you love, your wife, and all those. And I am like, Okay, I take all that.”

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 is already a boxing superstar, and 2021 could be the year to enhance that superstardom. He has already beaten Vasyl Lomachenko to reach the top of his division, and now it’s time to test himself against the other unbeaten youngsters.

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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. He combined his bachelor's degree with his adoration for combat sports and has a combined 2000 plus bylines in MMA and boxing over the last two years.

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