That is according to his father, Teofimo Lopez Sr. The Takeover will defend his WBO Junior Welterweight Belt against Jamaine Ortiz on February 8. A victory places Lopez in contention for a unification with the other champions in the division. A Romero or Cruz fight fits that bill, as Rolly will defend his WBA Junior Welterweight Title against the Mexican on March 30.
Lopez and Romero stirred up some tension after Lopez leaked a sparring clip, showing him getting the better of Romero. Rolly hit back, stating that Lopez was going through issues, even claiming he saved the boxer from killing himself. Lopez could also take on the WBC Junior Welterweight Champion, Devin Haney. They have had a rivalry since their days at 135. However, Lopez Sr. was focused on facing Romero or Cruz next.
“They’ve both got to bring everything they’ve got. It’s a tough match for both of them, and whoever comes out victorious, we’re ready. We’re ready to take on whoever it is to unify the belts. So whoever wins, we’re ready to fight…We’ve called him [Devin] out numerous times. That fight not going to be made, especially anytime soon after what we do on February 8th,” Lopez Sr said
Getting a big fight has not been easy. Links with Devin Haney, Jose Ramirez and even the George Kambosos rematch have failed. Lopez was visibly frustrated given his boxing resume. He has faced Vasiliy Lomachenko, Josh Taylor, and Richard Commey, showing he has no problems in facing tough opposition.
“When it came to Ortiz, I didn’t want this fight, I was trying every other fight from Haney, Kambosos — we even went down to Jose Ramirez and he said he wasn’t ready for Feb. 8. A lot of these fighters blow up in weight,” Lopez stated