Teofimo Lopez Cites Haney vs Lomachenko Judging To Justify Racial Comments
With this last win over Vasiliy Lomachenko, undisputed lightweight champion Devin “The Dream” Haney (30-0, 15 KO’s) set the boxing world on fire. This was accomplished by claiming a unanimous decision victory that many throughout the industry are calling a robbery. In a somewhat odd turn of events, former unified lightweight champion Teofimo “The Takeover” Lopez (18-1, 13 KO’s) used the opportunity to justify a recent racial discrepancy.
Lopez recently gave his opinion that ESPN, and Top Rank by association, were favorably biased towards black fighters. So when Haney collected his largely unpopular UD win, The Takeover was quick to attribute it to that racial favoritism.
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The accusation of racial bias was a bit offputting from the very outset. It was as if he didn’t remember the promotional push placed on his own fight cards. That’s also without mentioning fighters like Michael Conlan, Vasiliy Lomachenko or Tyson Fury. All of which have received great publicity with the company and network.
At the moment, Top Rank is injecting a substantial amount of energy into up and coming black boxers like Keyshawn Davis, Abdullah Mason and Jared Anderson, to name a few. Yet, this does not negate all the time and attention that the company has placed on many of their other non-black competitors.
Lopez has a June 10 bout with Josh Taylor approaching. As he will be in the media spotlight more in the near future, he is sure to be questioned more. It will be interesting to see what the wildcard will have to say on the subject. No matter what his retorts may be, there is little doubt they will be memorable and make headlines!
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