Lopez says he’ll be fighting for a world title before Haney.
In this video interview with Fight Hub TV, fast-rising lightweight prospect Teofimo Lopez talks a bit about his thoughts on the Richard Commey vs. Rey Beltran fight, his plans to face Commey later this year, and why he thinks fellow prospect Devin Haney is a little jealous of him. Check out some excerpts below…
Lopez on the Commey-Beltran fight:
“Richard Commey, he did what he had to do. He was very explosive the first round, he dropped Rey Beltran twice in the first round, Rey Beltran came back, hurt Commey — it was an all-packed action fight…
“Rey Beltran, me and him talked in the ring and I just said ‘congratulations on everything’ for all the things that he has done, all the accomplishments that he has done. You know, and, we know he can’t make 35 no more, everybody knows this. He fought at 40 his last fight, what do you expect?
“My fight right now that I’m focused on is Nakatani, July 19th, after that we have Commey. We have Commey probably early November. And then after that, man, if everything’s all good, we can still make the weight, we’ll fight for all four belts whether it’s with Luke Campbell or Lomachenko.”
On getting into it with Devin Haney on social media:
“Devin Haney said a comment on Twitter saying that I didn’t accept some competition for the WBC, for us to fight for the mandatory title for the WBC after the winner of Luke Campbell or Lomachenko. And the thing is, the kid doesn’t see it. He doesn’t see the bigger picture.
“They actually moved him back up in the rankings so I’m actually closer — I’m probably top 3 in all four body sanctions. So I think he basically tried to make it seem like I was scared to fight him. Kid tries to do anything he wants to, to show everybody and prove. The thing is, I’m still in his brain, I’m still in his mind. I’m the guy that he wants to get rid of. So he says all these things but at the end of the day I’m two fights away from fighting for a world title, becoming world champion within two fights.
“You’re 20-something-and-0 and I’m 13-0, two fights away from fighting for a world title. I just smell a little jealousy over there…The thing is, the kid thinks he’s gonna fight for the WBC as a mandatory. He doesn’t see that even if you do get the mandatory they’re gonna push the IBF — Teofimo — with the other three belts and make it a unification. And you’re just left there at the end of the bargain. But he doesn’t see that but you know what, at the end of the day man, it is what it is but he won’t be world champion at 135 any time soon.”
On how big a Lomachenko fight would be:
“Of course it’s a huge fight. We made it a huge fight, not the other way around. We made it a huge fight and that’s why everybody’s interested…This is gonna be his highest payday with a young fighter. You know, he needs Teofimo. We don’t need Lomachenko…”
On trying to bring the entertainment in his fights:
“Absolutely. That’s what you have to bring in this sport, ladies and gentlemen. You guys can hate all you want, you guys can watch this video and say anything you want about Teofimo, but at the end of the day you guys are still watching him. Whether it’s good, whether it’s bad, you guys are still watching me. And the thing is we’re entertaining you guys…at the end of the day it’s all business, and I think everybody needs to know that.”