Devin Haney: “Lopez, come see me to be real undisputed champ”
WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15ko) has made it clear that he holds the last belt that unified champion Teofimo Lopez (16-0, 12ko), needs to be the real undisputed champion.
The social media back and forth between both champions is well-documented. This rivalry can be traced back to before either fighter was champion. Now with undisputed bragging rights on the line, the stakes are even higher.
THE HISTORY OF TWO RIVALS
Lopez has a history of taking jabs at the WBC champion. He once made a joke of Haney being named WBC champion “In-recess” due to being out with a shoulder injury. At one point, then IBF-champion Lopez claimed to have been trying to make a fight with his divisional arch-rival. Of course, Haney would clap back, calling him Pinocchio.
Now, the insults have been turned up a notch. The unified champion is calling his rival “The email champion”. The Dream responded by calling Lopez “The first-ever undisputed asterisk champion.”
THE FIGHT IS NOT READY
However, recently the unified champion has stated that a fight with Haney is three to five years away, this in part is due to the fact the WBC champion did not generate enough buzz in his title defense against Yuriorkis Gamboa on November 7.
Lopez feels, from a revenue standpoint, right now that fight is not ready. He believes that he would be doing the heavy lifting in promoting the fight.
A LEGIT UNDISPUTED CHAMPION
“At the end of the day, I own the other belt, the last belt in the lightweight division, and we can do it for all the belts. At the end of the day, it is what it is.”
“Whether they like it or not, whether they respect it or not that WBC belt is mine and if you want to be the real undisputed champ you got to come to see me.”
By: Garrisson Bland