That is according to his father, Teofimo Lopez Sr. The Takeover makes his WBO Junior Welterweight Title defense against Jamaine Ortiz on Thursday, live on FIGHT SPORTS MAX in select territories. He is a massive favorite, having beaten the lineal champion Josh Taylor in his last fight. Ortiz has teamed up with Haney’s father, Bill Haney, for this fight, making it an intriguing match-up.
Lopez has a win over Haney in the amateurs, setting up the narrative for a fight. Haney had a dominant win over Regis Prograis to claim the WBC Junior Welterweight Title in his last fight. It was Haney’s first fight at 140, and he is currently in talks with Ryan Garcia for a bout on April 20. If Lopez and Haney win their next fights, Lopez Sr. wanted the unification.
“My son beat him in the amateurs, and we’re going to do the same thing all over again. I heard that Bill Haney is training Jamaine Ortiz. Listen, we’re here to take the biggest fights. Haney has got a belt [WBC 140-lb] that we want, and that fight can be made easily. It’s up to them if they want to take it,” Lopez Sr. said
Lopez may be preparing to face Ortiz, but that has not prevented him from looking ahead. The Takeover has earmarked Crawford as a potential opponent at 147. Lopez talked up the fight by dismissing Bud’s biggest wins. He suggested Kell Brook, Jose Benavidez Jr. and Errol Spence Jr. were not 100 percent when they faced him. He challenged Crawford to a fight, as Bob Arum was open to making it. When Crawford was asked about Lopez’s comments, he had no time for the fighter.
“F*** Teo,” Crawford said