Teofimo Lopez not impressed with Haney, Davis or Garcia!
Unified lightweight champion Teofimo “El Brooklyn” Lopez (16-0, 12KOs) is simply not impressed with the top guys in his division. In particular, WBA super junior lightweight champion Gervonta “Tank” Davis (24-0, 23KOs) and WBC lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (25-0, 15KOs).
Both Davis and Haney are coming off victories. Davis scored a one-punch highlight reel knockout over Leo Santa Cruz (37-2-1, 19KOs) on October 31. For his part, Haney decisively out-boxed Yuriokis Gamboa (30-4, 18KOs) on November 7.
Speaking to fighthype.com, Lopez gave his reasons to why he is unimpressed with Davis and Haney.
“At 35 [lightweight] they still have… I’m not impressed, that’s what I would say. I’m not impressed and the reason why I say that is because with Tank, you know one thing was he did a spectacular knockout. But the thing is, against who? You know Leo Santa Cruz is a hell of a fighter, he’s a great champion, but that’s not his weight class.”
“And then the same thing goes for Devin Haney. He’s going to retirement homes to find somebody to knock out and he can’t even knock them out. So it’s like, I don’t know. And then we got Ryan Garcia and Luke Campbell, that’s coming up soon. We gotta see what they bring to the table, what they do. But there’s many fights to be made, I’m not saying that there’s not. You know me Sean, I’m the type of guy that if you come to the plate I’m going to step up with you and we’re going to make the fight happen.
You know I don’t duck or dodge no fight. The whole thing now is about what do you bring for me? Because I bring a lot to the table now, you know what I mean. I bring the crown of the lightweight division. What are you bringing me? If you’re bringing me crumbs, I’m not going to eat.”
Lopez makes some valid points. He holds the majority of the belts at lightweight now and has to be respected. However Haney, Davis and Garcia are rising stars who are unbeaten and bring social media followings. There are belts in play in the case of Haney and Davis. For Garcia, he has major appeal and influence on social media. Regardless of what Lopez says, these fights are the ones fight fans want to see, whether at 135 or 140.
By: Jerrell Fletcher