Teofimo Lopez & Devin Haney clash, trash talk war of words ⋆ Boxing News 24

By Matt Lieberman:  Devin Haney ambushed undisputed light-weight champion Teofimo Lopez final Saturday evening through the Mikey Garcia vs. Sandor Martin card on the Chukchansi Park, in Fresno.

Haney was proper up in Teofimo’s face through the conflict, making him look uncomfortable. Teofimo had the look of somebody that wished he may magically be teleported to the opposite facet of the universe to flee the warmth that Haney was placing on him in the intervening time.

WBC 135-lb champion Haney (26-0, 15 KOs) bought within the face of IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO champion Teofimo (16-0, 12 KOs) and put his toes to the fireplace, pressuring him to arrange a battle between them.

Teofimo expressed curiosity in making the battle, nevertheless it’s unknown whether or not the competition will occur. Matchroom Boxing promoter Eddie Hearn is within the means of trying to barter a battle between Haney and Joseph ‘Jojo’ Diaz Jr. for December third on DAZN.

If Haney beats Jojo Diaz Jr. and if Teofimo will get by way of his November twenty seventh title protection in opposition to George Kambosos Jr. in a Matchroom promoted present, Hearn says he needs to arrange a battle between Devin and Teo in 2022.

For the Teofimo vs. Haney battle to occur, each will clearly should be on board, in addition to Teo’s promoter Bob Arum of High Rank. That’s the difficult half. Does Arum need to make the Teofimo vs. Haney battle?

Up to now, Arum hasn’t appeared wanting to match Teofimo in opposition to Haney, maybe as a result of the 2 compete on totally different community platforms. Whether or not Arum will abruptly change his thoughts about making that battle could depend upon how badly Teofimo needs the battle.

If Teofimo needs to battle Haney, he’s bought sufficient clout with High Rank to encourage them to make it occur. They clearly need to maintain Teofimo pleased as a result of he’s going to be a famous person sometime if he can proceed to win.

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Eddie reacts to Teofimo & Haney conflict

“I noticed Devin [Haney] go over and their heads got here in somewhat bit, nevertheless it was only a heated dialog after which I went over after which Teofimo and his dad began having somewhat go at me,” stated Eddie Hearn to Boxing Social on the Teofimo & Haney conflict final Saturday evening.

“After some time, I stated in a gathering earlier with Devin, I stated, I feel we’re going by way of all of the fighters. It’s clear that nobody needs to battle Devin. So, I stated to Devin, ‘I imagine Teofimo will battle.’ I stated, ‘I feel he thinks he can beat you.’

“He stated, ‘I don’t assume he’ll battle me,’ however I disagree. I truly assume he’ll, after which that [Teofimo & Haney clash]. I stated to the dad [Teofimo Sr.] like they had been screaming and shouting.  ‘Hear, Devin will 100% take the battle.’ ‘We’ll take the battle as nicely.’ ‘I imagine you, so let’s simply crack on.’

“It appears like on November twenty seventh, Teofimo vs. George Kambosos, Matchroom, DAZN. The week after, hopefully, Devin Haney, he’ll be combating Jojo Diaz, Mandalay Bay MGM, or wherever it’s.

“Let’s finish this yr with a large bang and get these two [Haney and Jojo Diaz] collectively as a result of if the opposite Kings or princes, as they need to be identified, received’t battle one another, I imagine these two will.

“It’s a large, large battle. Two undefeated sensible fighters from America,” Hearn stated of Teofimo and Haney. “Let’s make it occur, however they’ve bought to come back by way of their respective challenges, and let’s get these fights introduced this week, which we are going to, after which we transfer on,” Hearn stated.

Earlier than any actual speak of a Teofimo-Haney battle can occur, the 2 fighters have to get by way of their interim contests.

Teofimo should beat the extremely assured Kambosos Jr.(19-0, 10 KOs) on November twenty seventh, whereas Haney has an arguably harder battle in opposition to former IBF tremendous featherweight champion Jojo Diaz Jr. (32-1-1, 15 KOs) that he should win.

It’s nonetheless up within the air whether or not Hearn will be capable to negotiate the Haney vs. Jojo Diaz battle, although, as a result of they should provide you with a big sufficient provide to get JoJo and his promoters at Golden Boy to agree.

Hearn needs Teofimo vs. Haney in 2022

“I do know we get stick however I need folks to consider the state of affairs. Jojo Diaz received a last eliminator [against Javier Fortuna on July 9th] for Devin Haney. He was obligatory.

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“He went and selected to battle Ryan Garcia. Really, it was extra money [$1.5 million] than my authentic provide than I made him to battle Devin Haney. No drawback, I perceive that.

“Now, at this time, in writing, we made a suggestion of the identical sum of money that he agreed to [$1.5 million] to battle Ryan Garcia to battle Devin Haney. The Ryan Garcia [vs. Jojo Diaz] battle is off. He’s not going to battle till subsequent summer season.

“So it’s the identical sum of money, however the one cause you [Jojo Diaz] don’t take that battle is since you don’t imagine you’ll be able to beat Devin Haney or your crew don’t. Jojo is combating man. He’s a tricky man, he’s bought quite a lot of coronary heart.

“He can’t [swerve the Haney fight]. I don’t need to put the stress and tease him with it, however you can not not take the battle.

“It’s embarrassing and I imagine he’ll take the battle and I imagine we’ll have an amazing battle in December [between Haney and Jojo Diaz Jr]. If Teofimo and Devin can come by way of these fights, I imagine [Top Rank promoter] Bob [Arum] will permit that battle to occur, whether or not it’s on DAZN, whether or not it’s on DAZN, let’s simply make it occur.

“Teofimo is a superb character. His dad’s hilarious. Devin is nice, and that is what we’d like in boxing and these are large younger fighters. So, let’s get them collectively,” stated Hearn about his need to place collectively a battle between Teofimo and Haney.

It’s questionable whether or not Teofimo will comply with the Haney battle due to the cash and the eye that he would obtain in transferring as much as 140 to face IBF/WBA/WBC/WBO undisputed champion Josh Taylor can be better.

The factor is, Teofimo doesn’t have quite a lot of time to get to Taylor as a result of he’s going to be transferring as much as problem WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in 2022.

As soon as Taylor makes that transfer, it’s unknown if he’ll return to the 140-lb division. However even when he does, he’ll seemingly be returning after a defeat in opposition to Crawford, and his reputation received’t be the identical as it’s proper now.

Until Hearn could make it worthwhile for Teofimo to battle Haney in early 2022, he’s higher off going through Josh Taylor for his 4 belts. | Teofimo Lopez & Devin Haney conflict, trash speak confrontation ⋆ Boxing News 24

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