Vasyl Lomachenko Discredits Devin Haney and Calls Teofimo Lopez “The Undisputed World Champion”

Published 06/10/2021, 6:25 AM EDT
LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 29: Vasyl Lomachenko smiles during the Vasiliy Lomachenko and Luke Campbell press conference in the lead up to there WBC, WBA, WBO and Ring Magazine Lightweight World Title Fight at the Canary Riverside Plaza Hotel on August 29, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by James Chance/Getty Images)


The lightweight division in boxing is easily one of the most exciting ones right now. With charismatic champions, capable challengers, and veterans still in contention, it is heating up. And now, former lightweight king Vasyl Lomachenko has taken a swipe at current WBC champion Devin Haney.

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Lomachenko and Haney appeared to be on course to face each other. However, after winning the WBC belt, the WBC promoted ‘Hi-Tech’ to Franchise Champion. As a result, they did not meet. And in recent weeks, they have engaged in several verbal battles. Now, ‘Loma’ has hit out at ‘The Dream’ and called Teofimo Lopez undisputed.

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 27: Devin Haney looks on during the Devin Haney Media Workout at Rathbone Boxing Club on September 27, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Jack Thomas/Getty Images)

The 14-2 boxer spoke to SNOWQUEENLA on YouTube and discredited Haney’s achievements. He said, “For me, Teofimo Lopez is the undisputed champion. Because [when] I fought with him, I hold three belts. I won WBC belt with Luke Campbell, he [Lopez] win this fight with me and took three of my belts.”

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‘Hi-Tech’ then added, “The IBF, the fourth belt, he had. So he’s the undisputed world champion, no question.”

 Therefore, with his comments, the Ukrainian showed his take on the controversial matter. He believes there should be no argument about Lopez’s credibility as the undisputed champion.

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Why is Vasyl Lomachenko backing Teofimo Lopez over Devin Haney?

The credibility of Lopez’s status as an undisputed champion has been a topic of a lot of debate. While Haney has told Lopez he will never be undisputed without fighting him, ‘The Takeover’ is adamant that he holds all the belts. Moreover, other fighters and even WBC president Mauricio Sulaiman have had their say.

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However, it is no surprise to see ‘Loma’ back Lopez. His explanation makes complete sense. Lomachenko held the WBC regular belt, and the WBC upgraded him to Franchise Champion. If not for that, Lopez would have all four belts with no question.

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)

Moreover, Haney is often referred to as the ‘Email Champion’ since he got the WBC belt without beating a champion. Therefore, the credibility of his title is also in question. However, Lopez’s comments made it very clear whose side he is on.

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What do you make of these comments from Vasyl Lomachenko? Do you think he’s right?

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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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