Teofimo Lopez Says He’d Destroy Devin Haney’s Career
Newly minted lightweight king Teofimo Lopez believes he’s on a path of destruction and wouldn’t mind making Devin Haney his next victim.
Lopez went one-on-one with Vasiliy Lomachenko in the main event of a Top Rank Boxing card this past Saturday night, October 17. Lopez lived up to his words by defeating Lomachenko via unanimous decision. Lopez retained his IBF gold and captured the WBA (Super), WBC (Franchise), and WBO Titles.
Haney, who holds the main WBC title, has criticized the “undisputed champion” distinction being given to Lopez as he feels there is an asterisk next to that claim. During the post-fight press conference, Lopez made it clear that he doesn’t view Haney as a real champion (h/t Bad Left Hook).
“I don’t mind beating the two-time email world champion [Haney]. That would be fine. I know a lot of people are already saying this was not for undisputed because of that, whatever Mauricio Sulaiman did, but I just got a belt that says ‘Franchise World Champion’ from the WBC. And you got a guy like Devin Haney Gamboa, a washed-out Gamboa, just for a record he wants to keep safe and pretty. I can fight those guys, I don’t mind it.”
Lopez went on to say that he’d ruin Haney’s career if the two ever share the ring.
“If I took that fight it’s just for bragging rights, just to shut him up and destroy his career. That’s really what it is. I don’t care, that’s the type of person I am. I’m not here to see another fighter build up his career. If he wants to take that step and fight, I’m more than happy to take him out of that route of what everybody’s talking about, saying that’s the next Floyd Mayweather and stuff like that. Yeah, get out of here with that bullsh*t.”