By Brian Webber: Devin Haney says Teofimo Lopez will be injured when or if he faces WBC light welterweight champion Regis Prograis or former WBC/WBO champion Jose Ramirez.
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Haney saw Teofimo’s last fight against Sandor Martin on Dec. 10 and like many boxing fans, he feels Teo no longer looks like the same fighter he once was.
Devin wonders if former unified lightweight champion Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) was “ruinby George Kambosos Jr in his loss to him last year or if his issues are “medically” related.
Either way, Haney recommends Teofimo, 25, take some time to collect his thoughts before returning to the ring because he feels he will. “to be injured” if he continues.
Recently, Teofimo said he wants to face Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) for his WBC title now that Jose Ramirez has opted to dismiss his mandated shot.
That said, Teofimo’s promoters at Top Rank will be the ones to decide whether he will go the route of a fight with Prograis or face Ramirez or rematch winner Josh Taylor against Jack Catterall II.
Top Rank doesn’t work with the Prograis promoters at Probellum, so they’re unlikely to steer Teofimo in that direction. Instead, they will pit him against Ramirez or the winner of Taylor-Catterall 2.
Teofimo wants to return to the ring soon, but he may have to wait if he intends to face Ramirez or whoever emerges victorious from Taylor’s rematch with Catterall. Top Rank would like to face Teofimo against Arnold Barboza Jr, but Teofimo does not seem interested in this fight.
“He doesn’t look the same as before.. I do not know if [George Kambosos ruined him or if something happened in the fight medically. Maybe that ruined him. I don’t know, but he doesn’t look like the same Teo,” said Devin Haney to Thaboxingvoice when asked if he saw Teofimo Lopez’s recent fight against Sandor Martin on December 10th on ESPN+.
“Everybody knows that’s just cap,” said Haney when told that Teofimo said that he knew the cameras were on him after the Martin fight when he asked, “Do I still got it?”
“He’s questioning himself. I think he needs to take some time away from the sport and really get his mind right and then come back,” Haney said about Teofimo.
“I feel like if he keeps on, he’s going to get hurt, especially against a guy like Regis [Prograis] or a guy like [Jose] Ramirez. They are real punchers.
“Of course I would love this fight,” Haney said when asked if he was fighting Teofimo at 140. “It’s still a huge fight. It’s a big boxing fight. People are still going to watch it.
“I don’t care about his mental state, physical state, whatever the case. If he signs the contract, that’s all I care about. I will exploit your weakness.
“I think he’ll be finished at 140 after this fight, and I’ll probably go right after his belt after he leaves,” Haney said of WBO light-welterweight champion Josh Taylor facing Jack Catterall in rematch .
“Every fighter is dry on the scale, I don’t care who it is,” Haney said of critics saying he looked exhausted on the scale for his last fight against George Kambosos.
“I came in and made the weight. Some fighters don’t make the cut, and they talk about it. A fighter like me does everything to make weight, and people still talk about me.
“What do you want me to do? Do you want me not to make weights and say, ‘Oh, I couldn’t make weights’, and then you all talk badly about me and say I’m not not a real champion, or am I putting on weight and looking a little dry?
“I went in, hydrated and put on one of my best performances ever. [against Kambosos]. What can I say ? said Hany.