Teofimo Lopez wants Kambosos to step aside for Haney fight next

Undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez wants to give the fans the fight they want in Devin Haney, so he says he’s going to try and get his IBF mandatory George Kambosos Jr. to step aside to make that match happen.

Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) and Kambosos have been in negotiations for a fight in late April or early May, but it’s possible that we could see the New Yorker go in a different direction.

The main reasons Teofimo would want to take the fight with Kambosos (19-0, 10 KOs) is the easy money he’ll get for that fight and to hold onto his IBF belt.

Having all four titles at 135 strengthens Teofimo’s bargaining power if he were to get a fight with Ryan Garcia, Gervonta Davis, or Haney.

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Other than that, it isn’t beneficial for Teofimo to keep his IBF title because he says he’s moving up to 140 at the end of 2021.

If Top Rank can’t negotiate a fight between Teofimo and Ryan, Haney or Tank, it means he’s going to be facing the less popular contenders in the 135-lb division.

Teofimo won’t need to be the undisputed champion to be the A-side in negotiations with just an average contender. Indeed, Teofimo doesn’t need any titles when facing a no-name.

Teofimo wants Kambosos out of the way

“If y’all want to see that, we’re going to give it to you,” said Teofimo on social media about a fight against Haney next. “I already said it; we’re talking about Devin Haney next.

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“As long as we get everything sorted out with my mandatory [George Kambosos Jr]. We’ll move that to the side and fight Devin Haney next. You’ll definitely see why I am undisputed,” said Teofimo.

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Teofimo is all over the place right now with him talking about wanting to fight everybody. To get Kambosos out of the way, Teo will likely need to pay him a step aside feel, which could be too costly to make it worthwhile.

If Teofimo values the IBF title so much, he’ll probably take the fight with Kambosos rather than try and sidestep the fight. With that said, it’s hard to understand why Teofimo would bother to keep the IBF title, though, because he only has a couple of fights left at 135.

Why would Teofimo use up one of his last fights at 135 facing an opponent that won’t resonate with the U.S boxing fans and will bring in poor numbers on ESPN?

Teofimo moving up to 140 in 2021

“End of April ‘or at the beginning of May,” said Teofimo when asked when he fights next. “It’s already been confirmed. Now we’re just getting into the details now.

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“Everyone will see me back in the ring at the end of April or the beginning of May. Whether it’s the Cinco de Mayo weekend, that’ll be awesome.

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“It’ll depend on what Canelo does on his end, and I look forward to that. I also look forward to who we get next, whether it’s Kambosos, Haney, [Ryan] Garcia, or Tank Davis.

“Teofimo is the undisputed lightweight world champion,” said Lopez in banging his own drum. “You guys haven’t noticed it yet, but you will find ut this year against the guys we do face. I look forward to fighting at 135.

But at the end of this year, I will be at 140,” said Teofimo. “At the end of this year, I will move to 140. I have one or two fights left in me to be at 135 before I move up to 140. All I say now is tune in. It’s a takeover for a reason,” said Lopez.

If Teofimo is serious about moving up to 140 at the end of 2021, that makes it even more important that he maximizes his time that he has left t 135.

Unless Teofimo or his promoters at Top Rank don’t feel it’s important to try and negotiate a fight with one of the popular lightweights, he should be trying to fight one of them or give Vasily Lomachenko a rematch instead of facing Kambosos.

The fans’ general belief about Teofimo is he wants no part of a second fight with Lomachenko, as he doesn’t believe he can win. That makes Teofimo look weak, and it limits his options.

If Teofimo believes in himself, he should strongly consider a rematch with Loma if he can’t get a fight against Haney, Ryan Garcia, or Tank Davis.

A low-level opponent like Kambosos shouldn’t even be in consideration for a fight with Teofimo. Taking a fight with Kambosos would be a self-defeating move on Teo’s part, seeing that it does nothing for his career.

Lopez interested in Tank Davis fight

“Obviously, me, the king of the division, is #1,” said Lomachenko in rating himself at the top at 135.

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“Lomachenko, I guess we’ll put [Ryan] Garcia, we’ll put Tank, and we’ll put Haney.

“The reason is because Tank has fought only once at 135, and it was against someone [38-year-old Yuriorkis Gamboa] that is on their way out,” said Teofimo when asked why he ranked Tank Davis below Ryan Garcia.

“People don’t realize at 135 it’s a big difference. It took Tank Davis 12 rounds to finish someone like Gamboa at 135. It took six, half that, with Leo Santa Cruz, who fought at 122, going up to 130.

“What I’m saying is size is a big difference for him. I think Floyd Mayweather knows that. Floyd is a very smart man.

“He’ll protect his assets and protect his fighter [Tank Davis]. That’s why we don’t know what Floyd’s intentions are with Tank Davis. Gervonta Davis,” said Teofimo when asked who he’d want to fight out of these three: Tank, Ryan Garcia or Haney?

“Yeah, Gervonta Davis. The reason why is because the guy thinks he’s got it like that. I like the fact that all of them are like that, but I think it’ll be a very interesting fight [Tank vs. Teofimo] for everyone.

“A lot of people place him at #2, but he’s only fought once in the lightweight division. So I think I would love to have that type of fight with him,” said Teofimo.

If Teofimo is interested in fighting Tank Davis, he should be pushing Top Rank to make that fight right now. He’s never going to be in a better position to negotiate the match with Tank than he is right now, seeing that he’s coming off the biggest win of his career.

If Teofimo chooses to milk his titles by facing Kambosos, he won’t emerge from that fight with more popularity because no one has ever heard of this guy before.

The only people that will be impressed with Teofimo if he beats Kambosos are Australians because they’re the ones that know if this guy.

Lomachenko will give everyone problems

“I think anyone else that he faces, they’re going to have issues with Lomachenko,” said Teofimo to IFL TV. “He still has a lot in the tank to continue what his goal is, whether it’s to be undisputed at 130.

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“Whatever he’s trying to do. I think Lomachenko has all the potential to beat everyone at 135.

“I hope he stays at 135 to scare these guys. The Tanks, the Garcia’s, the Haney’s, they’re so happy that Teofimo beat Lomachenko because now they feared him so much.

“Now they can forget about him, or at least they’re trying to. That’s why we do not hear Lomachenko’s name.

“I think it’s a sign of disrespect because the guy was the #1 pound-for-pound in many people’s eyes,” Teofimo said of Loma. Even Bob Arum himself was saying, this guy is better than Muhammad Ali or the next Muhammad Ali.

“So I give credit to Loma. The whole thing with the rematch clause and the rematch [with Lomachenko], a lot of people talk about it. The thing is, we beat him, we beat him fair and square, and it was shown,” said Teofimo gloating about his win over the injured Lomachenko.

“I think a lot of people can’t accept it. ‘How did this guy do it?’ That’s what Teofimo brings to the table.

“You’re always going to want to see more of me, and I’m thankful for it because I have that IT factor,” said Lopez.

“Lomachenko was no pushover. He was one of the most decorated fighters of this era.

“To beat a guy like him, it takes a lot of skills; it takes a lot of ring IQ. A lot of people try and question who’s the king of the lightweight division.

“We all know who was the rightful guy in the division, and that was Lomachenko. He was defeating the guys that he needed to beat and collecting the belts that he needed to collect.

“Obviously, I showed what I was able to do against a guy like him. Yeah, the whole thing now is who is going to be next, and I’m very excited to know that a lot of people are trying to discredit or question the champ, the king.

“It’s time that I got to impress these guys and let them know that this year, it’s the same thing. Nothing has changed.

“They were there with him all this time, and why are they not with him now because he lost?” said Teofimo about the boxing fans that have abandoned Lomachenko.

“But he didn’t lose to someone that is a bum. He was fighting someone that knows what they’re doing in that ring.

“I have the biggest b*** in the division. You know why? Because I was the only one to step up no matter what the cost was.

“I lost $800,000 to $1 million in that fight, but I took my gamble, and that’s what I do in my life, I risk it.

“That’s what it’s all about. A lot of people need to stop that and give the credit to Loma. He can still beat all these other guys, and that’s why I have him as my #2 in the lightweight division,” said Teofimo.

It’s safe to say that a healthy Lomachenko beats everyone in the 135-lb division, including Teofimo. That’s why Loma isn’t going to get a rematch with Teo, and it’s also why Tank, Ryan, and Haney never mention Lomachenko’s name. They know what they would be in for if they fought him.



12 thoughts on “Teofimo Lopez wants Kambosos to step aside for Haney fight next”

  1. If I was Kambosos then I’d push for the biggest step aside cheque in history & first dibs at the Lopez/Haney winner. The problem is that with the likes of Garcia, Davis & proberly Stevenson the division is stacked & George could end up living off step aside fees until his retirement. If GK takes the step aside then he’s still got to keep active but safe, so maybe a fight with Commonwealth champion Joe Cordina could be a reasonable option.

  2. loma’s problem and the young guns. loma probably comes as condescending. If one notices, these young guns have no problem talking smack with each other. They will talk smack face to face and laugh. They know each other for years so there is probably no real hatred for each other. They don’t know loma and cannot talk smack. if they talk smack, most people looking in think they have big mouths. all of these young guns can talk smack and loma is just plan arrogant. he fell off his horse. the best way to deal with condescending is to ignore it. The probable consensus between the four is loma is a “a$$. he is just thinks he is better. They have been at the game long enough that to take the wind out of a sail it to ignore the sail. it is absolutely absurd to think any of the young guns fear loma. Now, loma is no longer able to look down on them. He is not even in the conversation. He is still a live Light weight. Maybe he needs to go down under and get some new fans.

  3. Hopefully, teo gets haney. Teo has second fight. It probably will not be loma. loma will live with his ghosts if he never gets a rematch with Teo.
    Loma will be worse off than ggg. ggg had his second chance. canelo has
    moved on. if teo moves on, loma can never catch him in the next weigh
    class. We learned loma is stretching his
    abilities at 135. Teo gets his two fights with haney and the winner of
    garcia-davis. Teo is history in 135. Loma will have to start all over
    collecting belts. Maybe loma should get a warm up down under. Kambosos might be available.

  4. It was fantastic watching Lopez starch Loma’s ass—what a win! And he beats either of these guys being proposed here. I feel sorry for Loma if Lopez gives him a rematch—that could be lights out for Loma. I mean, did people truly think that the best fighter in the world is a guy who is 14-2?!

  5. BiG Mouth Teofimo should never be fighting Kambosos, a fighter that has no business being ranked #1. He was gifted a win in his last fight against Lee Selby that he certainly did not deserve. Look at his resume and tell me who he’s beaten that anyone on earth recognizes. Now Big Mouth Teofimo is looking at the weakest, unproven, was handed a fake belt Devin Haney? Seriously, look at Haney’s resume and tell me what top, elite or great fighter he’s beaten. Yuyiorkis Gamboa, the 39 year old 5ft featherweight that went the distance with him and exposed Haney as nothing more than a good amateur that has no power, fights timid when pressed, can’t fight inside and has no consistency in his jab and looks to hit and run, and that’s it. Seriously, its no wonder Big Mouth Teofimo wants to fight him, SMH! SMH! SMH! Big Mouth Teofimo is all talk and has no idea what he’s saying. He never commits to anything he says and goes in circles bringing up names of fighters he doesn’t intend to fight.
    Big Mouth Teofimo knows what he should be doing , and everyone is calling him out on it. Vasiliy “High Tech” Lomachenko is the ONLY fight he should be circling in on. Lomachenko is the fight that fans want to see. Any boxing fan that says they don’t want to see the rematch is as scared of Big Mouth losing as is Big Mouth Teofimo himself. Trust me, a healthy Lomachneko destroys and stops Big Mouth Teofimo. The Writer states some very truthful and words that have been validated by Big Mouth Teofimo himself.
    Albert Craine once again writes a great article with so much truth. He exposes Big Mouth Teofimo in the following statement:

    (“The fans’ general belief about Teofimo is HE WANTS NO PART of a second fight with Lomachenko, as he DOESN’t believe he can win. That makes Teofimo look WEAK, and it limits his options.
    If Teofimo BELIEVES in himself, he should STRONGLY consider a REMATCH with Loma.”)

    Thank you Mr. Craine for pointing out the obvious and putting the Brand to the fire. We all notice how Big Mouth and his Big Mouth Daddy keep avoiding, running, deflecting, excusing a rematch, LOL! LOL! LOL! And what’s most Pathetic is hearing both these Big Mouths praising, wanting to be buddies with Vasiliy “High Tech ” Lomachenko, LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! LOL! Big Mouth shows his KB fear by saying the following: “I think anyone else that he faces, they’re going to have issues with Lomachenko,” said Teofimo to IFL TV.
    “He still has a lot in the tank to continue what his goal is, whether it’s to be undisputed at 130. “I hope he stays at 135 to scare these guys.” LOL! LOL! LOL!
    Translation: “I want Lomachenko to scare the other guys just like he’s scared me.” LOL! LOL! LOL! Big Mouth Teofimo is trying to hide his fear of Lomachenko through praises and props he’s giving him. What a scared little kid. He needs to “Many Up” and give the man a rematch. He will be harassed and haunted until a rematch is given. These famous words are appropriate “He can run, but he Can’t Hide.”

    Mr. Craine says more truth:
    “If Teofimo chooses to milk his titles by facing Kambosos, he won’t emerge from that fight with more popularity because NO ONE HAS EVER HEARD OF THIS GUY before.
    “The only people that will be impressed with Teofimo if he beats Kambosos are Australians because they’re the ones that know if this guy.” And there you have it.

    Big Mouth Teofimo continues with the fake praises of Lomachenko to hide his fear.
    “That’s what it’s all about. A lot of people need to stop that and give the credit to Loma. He can still beat all these other guys, and that’s why I have him as my #2 in the lightweight division,” said Teofimo. Translation: “stop talking about Lomachenko and give him his praise so that I don’t have to rematch him. Let’s throw praises at him so that he doesn’t stay mad with me and want a rematch. I don’t want to fight Loamchenko again, that hurt.

    And finally, Mr. Craine pouts it bluntly and accurately: IT’S SAFE TO SAY THAT A HEALTHY LOMACHNEKO BEATS EVERYONE in the 135-lb division, INCLUDING TEOFIMO. That’s why Loma isn’t going to get a rematch with Teo.
    I say no more. Nothing else needs to be said. What a great, accurate and honest assessment of of Big Mouth Teofimo’s Fear of Vasiliy “High Tech” Lomachenko. Mr. Craine deserves an applause for telling the truth, and it is the truth.

    • https://m.youtube.com/watch?v=wcQ6x9x5BTA

      Again you’re more than welcome to try find any highlights of Selby winning or in any glowing light at all. BS home town judge, w min round and some of the worse commentary ever, go actually watch the fight. Oh but I seen an interview with Selby saying he won 😂😇🤭.
      Now attacking Haney trying to discredit the guy incase this match up comes to fruition, pathetic. Everyone is on board for the new breed except bitter delusional Ill hatedog, SMH SMH.
      The 15-2 blingless Lomachenko is in a corner, take on the new breed at 135 or man the F-up and go face the guy you missed first time round @ 130 in Berchelt.
      Speak for yourself, I can’t wait to see the 135lb king Teo first live than taking on the likes of Haney and rest of the new breed.
      Stop being so bitter about coming up short in life you failure 🤭. Its not to late you can beat this, seek serious medical attention. Get well 🧪💊💉👎 boo multi boy boo boo. Copy paste copy paste copy paste look at me look at me look at me 👎

  6. I think this is a good move on Teo’s part. Better get him now before he gets more experience. This like Floyd vs Canelo. Haney looks like he has the most ability to grow and be harder to deal with later in his career than Tank, Garcia, or Stevenson. But since Haney hasn’t fought anyone, Teo should have the advantage today.

  7. Why are we talking about Ryan like he holds a belt he is NOTHING, right now. There are three major players at 135

    I would put Lomo over Ryan and you know that is hard for me to say, at least he had belts and was on the Hype P4P, but Ryan hasnt done SH!T yet. I’m not saying I think Loma would beat Ryan but all mentioned has accomplished something Ryan don’t have or never had, social media doesn’t count.

  8. All hail, The New Breed!!!!
    Teofimo has seen the future and the future is fighters taking control of their own destinies by fighting their best available and most logical challengers like boxers did back in the 70s, 80 and 90s and before.
    Teo wants to become a legend and he knows that the only way to get acknowledgement from his peers is to beat his best challengers today and not wait five and ten years for everyone to catch the ZZZZZzzzzzzzs and die from boredom.
    The New Breed of Teo, Tank, Ryan, Shakur, Devon, Josh Taylor, Navarette and a few more are chomping at the bit to test themselves…
    They may be flash, they may be brash, but they all have the class, the skills and most importantly the will to crash through the ‘invisible barrier’ to become genuine, bonafide stars… superstars of the sport that wankas like Eddie Hearn and other ‘handler’ promoters are are trying to block.
    These young men are listening to the genuine fight fans and saying xxxx a xxxxx! Let me fight such and such if he thinks he’s a bad man…
    This is so refreshing, like when I first got interested in boxing in the 1980s…. Fighters doing their day jobs and actually fighting in genuine 50/50 fights and earning their spurs in the game, where you had to fight your way just to earn a title shot….
    Teo wants to build on his breakthrough victory over the gatekeeper for the Old Guard…
    I realize that Uncle Rob, The Spiv from East London and other Promoters and TV companies are wetting themselves seeing their cashcows putting it all on the line…
    But, this is what the fans want…
    This is what the best fighters want and this is what the sport wants….

    Don’t stand in the way of the progress of the sport, Back to the Future….

    Do not stand in the way of The New Breed…

    • BAM, YUUUUUUP!! What tics me off are the fans that continually try to STOP the fights between the best vs the best from happening, crying that although they might hold titles or ranked among the top 5 they DON’T DESERVE big fights and prefer them NOT taking place!! “DON’T DESERVE”?? The best fighters facing off?? Some will cry that Haney doesn’t deserve Lopez because they PERSONALLY prefer seeing Loma getting a rematch. While Loma is supposedly mending? Or say that KingRy DOESN’T DESERVE Tank. They rather hold up PROGRESS. Maybe I grew up in the wrong era when the best vs the best was NORMAL. I guess I’m not “normal” anymore. LOL I remember in my beginnings even the best prelim fighters fought wanted to face off. I lost a few of those fights and won FEWER! LOL LOL Saludos to BAM & to all.
      Btw, Berchelt & Valdez deserve major props their willingness to give us what might possibly be the fight of the year.

  9. Correction: only butt-hurt Fanboys and Lomosexuals (e.g., “Craine”) believe that Teofimo wants no part of a second fight with Lomachenko. actually, the 14-2 Lomo no longer belongs among the competitive bracket of UNdefeateds and is himself responsible for avoiding the rematch in advance due to his arrogant belief that he wouldn’t lose their first bout in pathetic fashion. meanwhile, “Tank’s” LW creds are weak and questionable. a win v. Garcia would solidify his LW standing and make a bout v. the winner of Lopez v. Haney a legitimate primetime $howdown. IMO, he’s got a better chance v. Garcia than v. the likes of Berchelt at130lbs. even if he loses, either Lomo or the losers of Lopez v. Haney or Berchelt v. Valdez become appealing and profitable options. i just want this situation to be sorted out before Teofimo can no longer remain at 135lbs and moves to 140lbs, which is imminent.

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