Bob Arum refutes Teofimo Lopez’s claims of a sent contract to Devin Haney!
Unified lightweight champion Teofimo “El Brooklyn” (16-0, 12KOs) has been on an interviewing and talking spree since his huge upset win over Vasyl “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-2, 10KOs) in October of 2020. Now numero uno in the lightweight division, he is the topic of every conversation. As the owner of three of the four belts, everyone wants their shot at the new “king” of the division”.
One fighter in particular is WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (26-0, 15KOs). The two have exchanged insults through social media and even FaceTimed one another to discuss a possible fight. I say all that to say, to no one’s surprise, a fight has yet to materialize. However, recently Lopez has come out and stated that he and his team have sent out a contract to team Haney, as well as his IBF mandatory George Kambosos (19-0, 10KOs).
On top of Kambosos being one of Lopez’s mandatories, his promoter has come out and refuted the three-belt champion can send out a contract at all!
He told Barbershop Conversations the following about whether or not a contract was sent to Devin Haney.
“No, don’t be silly. First of all, if anybody wanted to make that match you know it would be Eddie Hearn who’s the promoter of Haney, talking to me on behalf of Top Rank, the promoter of Teofimo Lopez. Fighters don’t send out contracts, that’s ridiculous.”
On whether or not Haney Promotions is offering team Lopez four million dollars to fight:
“Well again, Haney has a promoter and all of this is noise. Unless I hear from Eddie Hearn and he wants to make the match and we talk to Teofimo, the kid himself, and we would then make the match. But right now it’s all craziness. I mean you know well this company, I guess it’s Haney’s company, but his assets means nothing. I mean if you want to do a fight, have your promoter call the other guy’s promoter.”
It is pretty clear from Arum’s comments how things will go down if these two guys are to step foot in the ring together. While they may be able to spark up things, it is going to come down to Eddie Hearn and Bob Arum to finalize a deal.
Things should start to come together pretty soon, whether it be Lopez v Haney or Lopez v Kambosos.
We here at 3kingsboxing.com will continue to monitor the situation and provide updates as they become available.
By: Jerrell Fletcher