Teofimo Lopez Won’t Be Surprised if Jorge Linares Beats Devin Haney

Published 03/24/2021, 12:00 PM EDT
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)


Teofimo Lopez is backing up WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney to defend his title successfully against Jorge Linares. It might come as a surprise to many, since Lopez and Haney are the undefeated contemporaries to each other with their respective championships on the shoulder. Meanwhile, Lopez wants to seal a fight with Haney ahead, and for that, he wishes ‘The Dream’ to beat Linares.

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However, the unified champion is also ready to see a reverse outcome where Linares would possibly end Devin Haney’s undefeated streak. That said, ‘Take Over’ Lopez connected with Fight Hub and shed his opinion on the WBC lightweight title matchup.

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Lopez said, “I want him (Haney) to win so that way we can make the matchup can happen.”

He added, “No, It’s boxing man anything can happen. So that’s the whole thing, anything can happen.”

Meanwhile, Teofimo Lopez will defend his unified 135 lbs straps against George Kambosos next. He has already bagged a deal with Triller. So, there will be two 135 lbs title fights happening soon. That further opens the door for a matchup between Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez.

Lopez has all the lightweight franchise belts under his name, and Haney is the WBC champion. So, it stages the right platform for them to collide.

Devin Haney vs Teofimo Lopez- How will the other lightweights react?

The current 135 lbs roster is full of big names and unbeaten champions. So, it doesn’t leave Haney and Lopez as the only two prime figures in the mix. WBC Interim lightweight champion Ryan Garcia and WBA titleholder Gervonta Davis also have their place in the ride, and the four can eventually fight each other to settle the dust.

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LAS VEGAS, NEVADA – APRIL 09: Devin Haney celebrates his victory over Rafael Vazquez in their super featherweight fight on April 9, 2016 at MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas, Nevada. (Photo by Christian Petersen/Getty Images)

Apart from that, Vasyl Lomachenko is also a relevant figure on the roster. Despite losing the titles and his last fight to Lopez, he is eyeing a return to action. Thus, it further intensifies the ride at 135, putting equal opportunities for all the boxers in the weight class.

Do you think 135 pounds is the best division in boxing at this stage?

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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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