Teofimo Lopez had an attention-grabbing 2021, however not a very energetic one. He’s not alone, after all, the persevering with Covid clustereffery meant that the majority high tier pugilists weren’t as busy as they’d have appreciated. “The Takeover” architect gloves up Saturday evening in NYC for the primary time since Oct. 17, 2020, towards George Kambosos, who isn’t seen as a risk to upset in most all circles exterior his personal squad.
On Tuesday evening, I requested Teofimo’s dad, “Junior” Lopez, what he’d prefer to see as subsequent for his 16-0 son, if issues go in response to his imaginative and prescient.
“Josh Taylor straight away, don’t want to attend,” he advised me, referring to the gifted Scot who’s edging his manner up the pound for pound ladder. “No man on this planet can beat my son!”
I advised Junior that I respect the 30 12 months outdated Taylor (18-0, set to defend a number of 140 belts Feb. 26 towards Jack Catterall).
It appears to me he’s a throwback in that he craves stern checks, and he’s vocal about eager to battle the Terence Crawfords and Teofimos and such, and he doesn’t equivocate in the best way that so many businessmen boxers do. Lopez the elder wasn’t in a temper to share in that spirit of bonhomie.
Junior stated Saturday might be final name for his son at 135, that weight isn’t optimum for the 24 12 months outdated who debuted as a professional in 2016, at light-weight. This, even though yeah, there’s “unfinished enterprise” at ’35.
“All people’s scared, I obtained a monster-like son. Richard Commey, by no means been dropped, can hit with each fingers, we made him appear like nothing. You suppose these guys don’t discover?”
Papa Lopez stated promoter Bob Arum appeared down with the plan, for spring of 2022, however that the Bobfather has additionally publicly spoken of his need to see Taylor tackle Terence Crawford, who’s simply off a career-best win, towards Shawn Porter. “My son has been at this weight for eight years, it’s time to maneuver up, there’s nothing left to show. Watch, this would be the final one at 135, then Devin Haney will do a callout,” the flamable patriarch predicted.
That was yesterday, right now the sport modified, it looks as if.
Umar from IFL Tweeted out late Wednesday afternoon that Eddie Hearn stated that if Devin Haney beats Jo Jo Diaz Dec. 4 and Teofimo handles George Kambosos at MSG Theater, then Haney vs Teofimo will get made. Nope, no specifics on when and the place have been put on the market. He put out a video hit, through which Hearn stated, “We’ve all shook fingers that Teofimo will battle Devin Haney in the event that they each win, and I don’t consider his dad would return on his phrase.” Flirtation between Teofimo and Devin Haney has occurred for a long spell, and we’d heard earlier than of a handshake deal, however this was Hearn saying it, and articulating that the principals who will do the combating wish to get this face-off accomplished.
Devin’s dad Invoice Haney has additionally given his phrase, the Brit deal-maker said, and he thinks all concerned will adhere to the verbal settlement. “In the event that they (don’t honor the settlement), within the phrases of Teofimo Senior, you’re a pussy…and I don’t consider anybody there’s a pussy, I actually gained’t inform ’em to their face, or honor your phrase, let’s make the battle!”
The matter of a Teofimo vs Haney conflict got here up in October, when the Lopez boys and the Haney duo had a chat, in front of cameras. Teofimo stated that Haney and his dad speak a greater sport than they really play, and pushed for a showdown. Invoice Haney sounds down with it, and asks if it will possibly display on DAZN. Teofimo says certain, ESPN, DAZN, wherever is ok with him. “You don’t wanna do it,” says Teofimo, getting a bit extra animated. “You’ve been fed with a silver spoon your complete life,” he stated to Devin, in Fresno, on the Mikey Garcia vs Sandor Garcia event. Teofimo the elder obtained extra heated, after which the groups had been seperated. Eddie Hearn ambled over, to see if he may funnel a few of that zeal and get a significant conflict set for 2022.
I messaged Bob Arum, asking what he thinks of this information drop, being that Lopez is contracted to his firm, and can insert a response if furnished. I’m pondering possibly Bob won’t be eager to see Hearn performing as promoter for one more Teofimo battle, although.
Jo Jo Diaz might be eager to mess up the set in pencil plans, that might be one other sticking level, he will get a crack at Haney and his WBC title Dec. 4.
I requested Junior if he thinks Diaz has a good shot to upset Haney. “Something can occur, I give Diaz an opportunity, possibly it’s a 50-50 battle, however I believe it’s a mismatch, Jo Jo is simply too small,” Teo’s father shared. “Haney tries to be a bully.”