IBF lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez admits that he raised his eyebrows when he saw the controversial statements made last week by Devin Haney.

Lopez, who is chasing a unification with Vasiliy Lomachenko, saw Haney say he would never lose "to a white boy" when discussing the Ukrainian boxer.

Haney has since apologized for the statements, but Lopez believes the recently reinstated WBC champion does too much talking on social media.

Lopez's status shot up back in December, when he easily knocked out the always durable Richard Commey to capture the IBF title.

Now he's in line to fight Lomachenko. The bout with Loma was scheduled for the summer, but now pushed back due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic.

Lopez strongly feels Haney has not earned his spot, by winning a vacant belt, and doesn't have any solid wins on his record.

"It was like 2am, I was a little bit drunk, just kidding, I saw him on Twitter and I thought 'man shut the f--k up. He's been throwing shots at everyone, he's trying to keep himself out there, the difference between us is I earned my spot to make sure that I have a chance of knocking Loma out," Lopez said to The Express.

"Devin talks so much, he hasn't got a real solid win, he hasn't faced someone with a world title, defeated any world champions, these words are coming out of his ass. I thought just 'shut up already'. I can say that at 23 years old I'll be the undisputed world champion, that sounds good. It could be Devin Haney with all three belts and I would say 'Imma kick ass'. I don't fake it, I don't say things I don't mean."