Devin Haney wants the winner of Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez!
Among all currently active fighters, few if any are as vocal about making a major fight than WBC world lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (24-0, 15 KO’s). Virtually any time he is provided a camera and microphone, he will vigorously call out all the top competitors in his division. Whenever you encounter him speaking, you can just about be guaranteed that you will hear the names Lomachenko, Lopez or Garcia.
In Haney’s eyes, Ryan “KingRy” Garcia (20-0, 17 KO’s) is a tremendous talent with an impressive fan base. Therefore, The Dream believes that staging a duel between himself and Garcia would make for a great action-fight and a box office success. Despite the big things that he feels can be accomplished with Garcia, Haney definitely still has his eyes on the winner of the Vasiliy Lomachenko vs Teofimo Lopez unification.
FIGHT ME NEXT!
Earlier this year, it was the common belief that IBF world lightweight champion Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (15-0, 12 KO’s) would fight WBO and WBA world lightweight champion Vasiliy “Hi-Tech” Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KO’s). However, that was prior to COVID-19 descending upon the world stage and snatching the rug from beneath all sporting events.
During this mandated pause in production, the Hi-Tech versus El Brooklyn bout still appears to be a go. Once back in action, provided that this prizefight comes to fruition, Devin Haney would very much like a shot at the victor.
“I’ll take either one, I just want the winner to fight me! Like it doesn’t matter who wins, whoever. Loma wins, okay. Teofimo wins, okay. I want the winner to fight me. I could say whoever I want to win but it really doesn’t matter if the winner is not fighting me I really don’t care.
“I hope the winner fights me and if the winner doesn’t fight me who gives a fuck?!”
THE REAL FIGHT FOR UNDISPUTED
Aside from looking to make a great bout and make a pretty penny in the process, Haney wants to face the Lopez vs Lomachenko winner to establish legitimized dominance in the division. Along with proving himself on the world stage, Haney would love to achieve the coveted status of “undisputed champion.”
However, he says a fight between Loma and Lopez could never achieve that due to Hi-Tech possessing the WBC “Franchise champion” title. Although rather confusing, while it’s called a “champion,” Franchise status is neither a champion nor can the status be lost in the ring. For this reason, Haney believes that a bout with the winner is not only desirable but necessary for true clarity.
“At the end of the day, the Franchise title, Teofimo can’t win the Franchise title. So it’s not an undisputed fight. If only one guy can win then it’s not an undisputed fight. So, the Franchise title is not a belt so it’s not an undisputed fight.”
By: Bakari Simpson