Teofimo Lopez Verbally Destroys Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis, Questions Their Legitimacy as Champions

Published 02/15/2021, 8:00 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 has laid into fellow champions, Devin Haney and Gervonta Davis. The undefeated fighter questioned their legitimacy and records with his latest attack.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – OCTOBER 17: In this handout image provided by Top Rank, Teofimo Lopez Jr walks to the ring before the Lightweight World Title bout against Vasiliy Lomachenko (not pictured) 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 lightweight division is one of the most exciting divisions right now, with several young champions and challengers. Moreover, the characters that they are provides fans entertainment out of the ring too. Lopez continued this on Saturday.

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Speaking on the ESPN broadcast of Richard Commey vs. Jackson Marinez, Lopez answered questions about the other champions He said, “What about ‘em? They’re famous on the internet. I’m real life hot. They gotta get their weight up. They’re not fighting anybody. All of them.”

He accused Haney of fighting weaker opposition and said, “Devin Haney, half of his career has been in Mexico. He’s been fighting cab drivers.” 

‘The Takeover’ then questioned Davis’ legitimacy by saying he only fights 122–126-pound fighters.

Therefore, Lopez made no secret of his feeling towards the other champions. Something that has been constant ever since he beat Vasyl Lomachenko in October.

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What is the situation of the lightweight division surrounding Teofimo Lopez?

Despite being the most exciting divisions right now, it appears there will be no high-profile match-ups at lightweight anytime soon. This is a far cry from the situation a few months ago when fans expected the champions to fight each other.

Instead, Lopez is now close to a fight against George Kambosos Jr, his mandatory challenger for the IBF belt, while Haney is looking for a bout against Jorge Linares. Davis recently claimed he may not fight at all this year, and WBC mandatory, Ryan Garcia, has teased a fight against boxing legend, Manny Pacquiao.

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Therefore, it could be another case of fighters depriving boxing fans of the fights they want to see. Despite each champion claiming they wanted to make the fights happen, none of them seem close to completion. 

Hence, fans of the sport will now start getting frustrated with the superstar boxers as, despite intense verbal feuds, they are not booked to fight each other.

What do you make of these comments from Teofimo Lopez? Do you think he is the top-dog in the division?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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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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