Devin Haney has laughed off Teofimo Lopez’s taunts and insisted they must fight because “we need to know who the real king is”. Lopez, Haney, Ryan Garcia and Gervonta Davis are four undefeated Americans in their 20s at the sharp end of the lightweight division with a plethora of intriguing fights against each other in their futures.
“Devin is scripted. But that’s okay, we will help him in this process.” IBF, WBA and WBO champion Lopez said. “I tried to save his career. I kid you not. Tried to protect his career. I told him to take three to five years. Why would he want to save my career? How does that benefit him? We aren’t friends.”
“This guy is a liar. Watch his interviews. He says one thing in one interview, then says a different thing in a different interview.” he added. “One day he’s going to send me and [his mandatory challenger] George Kambosos Jr a contract to see who signs it first. One day he’s going to save my career. One day this, one day that. His lies don’t add up.”
“He needs to take the fight [against me]. We will choose the date and month because we are the A-side. Understand the situation.” he continued. “He is younger than myself, he still has more development to do. He isn’t the strongest guy at 135lbs. There are so many flaws in his game. But he is a tremendous – nobody outside of myself would beat him.”