Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Lopez: I'll Absolutely Be Undisputed; But I'd Love To Beat Email Champ Haney

LAS VEGAS – Teofimo Lopez can’t fathom anyone legitimately arguing against recognizing the winner of his bout versus Vasiliy Lomachenko as boxing’s undisputed lightweight champion.

They’ll fight Saturday night for Lopez’s IBF championship and Lomachenko’s WBA and WBO belts. Lomachenko’s WBC franchise championship also will be at stake, despite that the franchise designation was not supposed to be transferable when the WBC initially named Canelo Alvarez its franchise middleweight champ in June 2019.

Nevertheless, Lopez stressed that Lomachenko legitimately won the WBC lightweight title when he out-pointed England’s Luke Campbell by unanimous decision in his last fight, a 12-rounder 13½ months ago at O2 Arena in London. Less than two weeks following Lomachenko’s victory over Campbell (20-3, 16 KOs), Devin Haney stopped Russia’s Zaur Abdullaev (12-1, 8 KOs) following the fourth round to win the WBC’s interim lightweight title at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York.

teofimo-lopez (1)_2020_10_15_043934

The WBC elevated Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) from interim title-holder to world champion once it designated Lomachenko as its franchise champ in the 135-pound division.

Lopez feels anyone, Haney included, that wouldn’t consider him the true WBC lightweight champ after defeating Lomachenko needs “a reality check.” Brooklyn’s Lopez feels he’ll “absolutely” have earned that distinction by beating Lomachenko on Saturday night at MGM Grand Conference Center in Las Vegas (10 p.m. ET; 7 p.m. PT).

“At the moment, right now, my main focus is this fight,” Lopez told ‘But I know that’s definitely gonna be brought up after we win, God willing. I know that with all the hard work we’re putting in, with the way I am, the way I think, you know, I know that after this win they’re gonna be like, ‘You’re not undisputed! Devin Haney’s the world champion!’

“And that’s gonna be fine. Then we’ll face him, too. But as of right now, my main priority right now is Vasiliy Lomachenko. That’s where I’m at right now. And when that time comes, and they’re willing to take that fight, so be it. I’m more than excited to do that. I’d love to beat the two-time email world champion.”

By deeming Haney an “email world champion,” Lopez meant Haney didn’t earn his WBC belt in the ring because he defeated the unproven Abdullaev for a vacant version of it. Las Vegas’ Haney is scheduled to defend his WBC championship against Cuba’s Yuriorkis Gamboa (30-3, 18 KOs) on November 7 at the Seminole Hard Rock Hotel & Casino in Hollywood, Florida.

Lopez pointed out that his showdown with Lomachenko is a much more meaningful fight.

“They’re putting the WBC franchise championship on the line, which is a WBC belt,” Lopez said. “Everybody knows that when Loma fought Luke Campbell for the vacant WBC championship, he won. They elevated Loma to make this fight happen. It’s a bigger fight than having Devin Haney and Lomachenko. And it’s no disrespect towards Devin Haney, who’s a tremendous fighter. It’s just that right now, it’s not your time. This is a bigger fight. And you don’t draw as much as you may think you do.

“So, in order to make this fight happen and not have Loma face Devin, they upped him to franchise world champion, to make this fight happen. So, I believe that in my rightful mind, which is the truth, and I’m just stating facts here, this fight is for all the belts, including The Ring magazine belt. It’s for all five belts. I’m gonna have to call TSA and let them know, because I’m gonna be packing a lot of stuff for when I’m going back home.”

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by IAMTHAT on 10-18-2020

I feel bad for Teo, he’s shaking

Comment by IAMTHAT on 10-18-2020

If lomachenko wins Id like to see him fight the winner of Taylor Ramirez

Comment by blowblow on 10-17-2020

[QUOTE=Berzerked7;20817163]Shawn can stay and do his broadcasts. you never seen what my boy is capable of. you haters dont believe. well you will after we **** with that featherweight commie. 18 years of hard work, and tonight we are leaving…

Comment by Berzerked7 on 10-17-2020

[QUOTE=blowblow;20817144]your son wont even past shawn porter if he moved up to WW[/QUOTE] Shawn can stay and do his broadcasts. you never seen what my boy is capable of. you haters dont believe. well you will after we **** with…

Comment by blowblow on 10-17-2020

[QUOTE=Berzerked7;20817125]2 hours till my son becomes Undisputed Lightchamp. its Takeover ya'll. this midget featherweight wont be able to do sht with my son. and after chenko, we defeat anyone from 135 to 154. let's go baby[/QUOTE] your son wont even…

Top Headlines
Jaime Munguia Fights Through Fire, Stops Johnson in Six Due To Severe Cut Dave Allen Gutted Over Fight Falling Out, To Return in Coming Months Jaime Munguia vs. Tureano Johnson - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Rashidi Ellis Stays Unbeaten, Decisions Alexis Rocha Elwin Soto Boxes Past Carlos Buitrago To Retain Title Devin Haney: I Have a Goal To Be The First Billionaire Boxer! Marlen Esparza Decisions Sulem Urbina Over Eight Rashid Kodzoev Takes Out Tamas Lodi in Five Rounds in Minsk Naoya Inoue, Jason Moloney - Set For Las Vegas Showdown Barrios vs. Karl, Magdaleno vs. Cruz - Weights Ewa Brodnicka Misses Weight, Title Only At Stake For Mikaela Mayer Regis Prograis, Juan Heraldez - Set For Battle Gervonta Davis, Leo Santa Cruz - Ready For War in Texas Inoue-Moloney ESPN+ Weigh-In Report From Las Vegas Weights: Murat Gassiev 230.6-Pounds, Nuri Seferi 225.1 Ryan Garcia vs. Luke Campbell - Undercard Information Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz Weigh-In Results From San Antonio LIVE STREAM: Gervonta Davis vs. Leo Santa Cruz - Weigh-In Gervonta Davis: My Arms Are Open If Floyd Wants To Work Corner Saturday Night Lee Selby, George Kambosos - Ready For Eliminator Savannah Marshall, Hannah Rankin - Set For Title Clash Michael Conlan Suffers ATFL Tear, Out For 8-12 Weeks's Television Pick of The Week - October 30 Usyk, Chisora - Face To Face For Halloween War Munguia: They Offered Us This Fight, We Said Yes Without Even Discussing It Usyk-Chisora, Kambosos-Selby Weigh-In Report From London Santa Cruz: I Wanted Davis Fight Because People Said I Was Scared, Always Getting Tune-Ups Wojcicki-Volny Title Eliminator Postponed Due To Mandatory Shutdown In Germany Devin Haney: I Agree With Floyd Mayweather - There Are Too Many Belts In Boxing Miguel Vazquez Reflects on Controversial Loss, Aims For World Title Run Lee Selby Rejects Kambosos' Version of What Happened in Their Sparring Sulem Urbina: I've Wanted To Fight Marlen Esparza For a Long Time Hunter: I Don't Think Fury Will Pick Me, I Pose Bigger Threat Than Wilder Will Fighting Leo Santa Cruz At 130 Pounds Be Worth The Weight For Gervonta Davis? Savannah Marshall, Hannah Rankin Trade Words, Promise a War Raeese Aleem Continues To Train, Hopes For Title Shot Next Mayweather: If Tank Gets Past Leo, 1 More Fight, Then Hopefully Teofimo Fight Can Be Made Toka Kahn-Clary Blasts Out Jonathan Perez in Two Rounds Roy Jones: I Wasn't Like Mayweather, I Went And Got Every Belt Possible Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz - Judges, Referee Revealed For Fight
Latest Forum Threads