Teofimo Lopez Still Holds No Respect for Team Haney
Former unified lightweight champion “The Takeover” Teofimo Lopez (17-1, 13KOs) is looking to live up to his moniker in the junior welterweight division. Lopez feels confident he will soon capture a title in the division. However, he threw some harsh words at Bill Haney, father/trainer of undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney (29-0, 15KOs).
THE PHONE CALL THAT STARTED IT ALL
The boxing community has followed this saga between both camps for quite some time. During an interview with Boxing Social, Lopez responded to a question about a voicemail to his father from The Dream’s father, Bill Haney. The topic of discussion was a fight at 140 pounds, providing both sons win their prospective fights next.
“I say their plans on becoming undisputed did not work for them like they thought it would. So, to Bill Haney, I’ll speak for my father because I told my father not to call him back. I told him not to talk to these guys.“
“They need us. Of course, we all need each other at the end of it all to make great fights . . . they need to make money, and the best money fight they will get won’t be with Tank. It will be with Teofimo Lopez.”
Lopez claims this is an attempt by Bill Haney to replicate the same type of build-up Team Lopez had with Team Lomachenko. However, he was only warming up.
“Whatever they’re trying to emulate, we’ve done that, we’ve did that, we became undisputed. We know how it goes. Sorry that your son can not know how to promote himself. I am sorry he doesn’t know how to talk when the camera is on. I am sorry that you have a bum ass son.”
LOPEZ CONTINUES TO SHOW NO RESPECT FOR HANEY
Calling Haney a bum is laughable, considering he twice dominated the man that defeated Lopez in former unified champion George Kambosos. Yet, fans are not surprised to hear him say it, as the disdain between both camps runs deep.
Lopez has an upcoming bout with contender Sandor Martin on December 10. The story between these two captured the attention of the boxing community after Lopez claimed Martin originally turned down the fight.
Martin hit back claiming that it was indeed the former unified champion’s team that preferred to fight Jose Pedraza. Fans can watch the action live on ESPN at Madison Square Garden.
By: Garrisson Bland