September 25, 2021

Teofimo Lopez: Davis, Haney Need To Fight Better Comp, They Are Fooling Critics, Fans

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IBF, WBC Franchise, WBO, WBA lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is flying high after last month’s stunning unanimous decision win over Vasiliy Lomachenko at the MGM Grand’s Conference Center in Las Vegas.

The 23-year-old Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs), was a sizable underdog when he entered the ring, was able to outbox Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) for the bulk of the first half and then surged in the final round.

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He hopes to return to the ring in March or April.

“[Fighting them next] is a possibility, it’s just that they can’t overprice themselves,” Lopez said to Morning Kombat. “I didn’t get what I would’ve gotten had this COVID not hit. I had to take a pay cut and I’m sure Loma did as well. Yes, money applies to everything and this is our career. We are putting everything on the line and we are jeopardizing that we might have to start from ground zero again if any of us loses.

Lopez rejected some of the chatter of placing Gervonta Davis on the pound-for-pound list – for last month’s brutal knockout of Leo Santa Cruz in Texas.

To become pound-for-pound, Lopez has advised Davis and WBC champion Devin Haney to face a higher level of opposition.

“They tried to put [Davis] on the pound-for-pound list. Hell no! You have a lot more to do,” Lopez said.

“My dude, you have to fight bigger and better competition and the same thing applies to Devin Haney. They are fooling the critics and the casual fans making [the Santa Cruz win] seem like a bigger fight, but it’s not. These guys are supposed to win. It’s all an illusion. You need fights that are 50/50 and it’s a hit or miss fight.

“If I fight Devin Haney for the WBC e-mail championship belt and I clearly beat him and probably knock his ass out, next thing you know they will talk about how Tank Davis has the regular WBA championship belt. So I’m just fighting for all these belts that I already earned the bigger and main ones? I already hit the top tier of these championship belts so now I have to go downhill to add more belts I already earned?”