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Arum: Devin Haney Has To Prove Himself To Earn Teofimo Lopez

On October 17th, Teofimo Lopez (16-0) scored a major upset when he defeated WBA/WBO/WBC Franchise lightweight champion Vasiliy Lomachenko (14-2) inside of "The Bubble" at the MGM Grand Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. 

The final scores were 119-109, 117-111 and 116-112. The fight is the highest rated boxing event to date in 2020.

The 23-year-old Lopez went into the fight with the IBF lightweight title and left the ring with all of the recognized lightweight titles except the WBC lightweight belt.

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Lomachenko, who most outlets had rated as a top 3 pound-for-pound fighter, previously held the WBC title but was elevated to their "Franchise Champion" last year and Devin Haney, who held the WBC interim title at the time, was elevated to full champion status by the sanctioning body.

Bob Arum, whose company Top Rank Inc. promotes Lopez, has a handful of potential opponents for Lopez to face in his 2021 ring return but Haney isn't on his list.

"No, because Haney has to prove himself. It is all bullsh-t. Let him fight somebody that is real then you can match him with Teofimo Lopez. Haney-Teofimo Lopez is not a fight that is going to generate revenue at this point. I don't know how good he is going to be, how good he is. I am saying he has to prove himself. If Ryan Garcia - again he hasn't proved himself - but if he beats Campbell then he proves himself," Arum explained to Sean Zittel of Fighthype.com.

Arum didn't rule out a future fight between the two rising stars but reiterated that he would like to see Haney beat a more solid opponent than a past his prime 38-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa. Haney defeated the Cuban former Olympic gold medalist via unanimous decision earlier this month.

"Let's see how it develops. Lets see how it goes. I am sure the Haney people are resourceful enough that they will get a decent opponent that will prove that Haney belongs. Beating Gamboa at this point proves nothing," said Arum.

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Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=GhostofDempsey;20921427]Lomachenko fought Teo who earned his shot by defeating Commey. Who is Haney's best win, a shot Gamboa. How does that push him to the head of the line? Haney could have gone after Commey but didn't. He can pursue…

Comment by ShoulderRoll on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=daggum;20921409]he froze out the guy who didnt deserve a fight oh noooo. what a tragedy! i didnt know arum forced haney and dazn to become tight with their money and not make any offers. what power he wields[/QUOTE] Why doesn't…

Comment by The Big Dunn on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=daggum;20921372]wat lol. he did what he needed to do? what is that? played poltiics to get him high rankings and belts without fighting a soul hmmm yeah im pretty sure thats the whole criticism of him. he hasnt earned those…

Comment by GhostofDempsey on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20921393]Haney would be Teofimo's mandatory right now if Lomachenko's team hadn't requested Franchise Champion status. With that one loophole Arum froze Haney out from two fights, both Lomachenko AND Teofimo. How can you support that?[/QUOTE] Lomachenko fought Teo who earned…

Comment by daggum on 12-01-2020

[QUOTE=ShoulderRoll;20921398]But Lopez is going to fight Kambosos next so you should be up in arms about that.[/QUOTE] no not really. there arent any pressing challenges at 135 or clear top contenders to fight. kambosos and haney are on the same…

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