Teofimo Lopez believes Vasiliy Lomachenko should be the undisputed lightweight champion following his fight with Devin Haney.
Haney entered and exited the ring with all four belts, with twelve rounds of elite boxing in between. Many in the sport though felt it should be Lomachenko who had his hand raised.
One man in that camp is Lopez, who beat Lomachenko in October of 2020 to become unified in the division. He lost those belts to George Kambosos Jr, who was subsequently bested by Haney twice.
In interview on Max on Boxing, Lopez said Haney was ‘barely’ champion of the world after the fight, and revealed that he had his former opponent winning by a wide margin.
“He lost that fight with Lomachenko man. The problem with Loma though was that he let off the gas in the twelfth because he thought he was gonna win the fight. He thought he did win the fight.
To me, I scored 9-3 or 8-4. And I know boxing. I faced this guy, and I sparred with Devin. However, I knew that it was the twelfth that was gonna decide it all, and Loma let the gas go a little bit.”
On the prospect of facing Haney himself, Lopez didn’t seem interested. Instead, he belittled the 24-year-old’s achievements.
“I think it’s a whole bunch of clownery. It’s amusing to me. I see the agenda and I just laugh … Devin Haney who?”
“He sucks. Haney sucks. He’s a fake it till you make it kinda guy, and when the going gets tough, ‘daddy he figured me out’ – that’s a punk. I don’t understand it. Why are we helping this kid? He’s a puppy. He was printed, copy and paste, hand made.”
As of writing, Lopez is sticking by his claims of retirement following what many consider a career-best performance against Josh Taylor to win the WBO super lightweight title.
Haney has teased a move up to join him for some time now, so the fight is a real possibility, even despite Lopez’s words.