Eddie Hearn isn’t sure that Teofimo Lopez vs. Devin Haney will happen due to the fact Lopez wants $10 million for the fight.
Lopez defeated Vasyl Lomachenko in October to become the IBF, WBA (Super), WBO, and The Ring lightweight champion. However, he has claimed he is the undisputed champion which Hearn says is not true. To become undisputed, the promoter believes he needs to fight Haney next.
“I know Teofimo just bought a T-shirt range out, ‘Undisputed.’ I think he should call those back in and change the logo,” Hearn told Boxing Social (via boxingscene). “I did say to him, and this is my honest opinion, he should be undisputed. We shouldn’t be in this position that we’re in, but [Teofimo] is not undisputed because the other governing bodies do not recognize the Franchise champion is someone that can unify. So the only way he can become undisputed by fact and on paper is to fight Devin Haney. He deserves to be undisputed. He beat the No. 1 lightweight, who used to be undisputed in Vasiliy Lomachenko.”
Lopez vs. Haney does make a ton of sense, especially if Ryan Garcia fights Tank Davis. Then, the winners could fight each other and set up one lightweight champion. However, Hearn believes Lopez is pricing himself out of these fights.
“I think Teofimo Lopez against Haney is a wonderful fight. Listen, [Teofimo] asked me for $10 million for that fight,” said Hearn. “You can’t get there, but I’m sure we can make him a nice offer. Teofimo is a nightmare at the moment for Bob Arum, and Bob isn’t mincing his words at the moment. He’s had enough. So [Teofimo’s] saying, ‘I want this, $5 million minimum, I want $8 [million], I want $9, I want $10 [million].’ So right now, I’ll leave that to Bob and Top Rank to put those numbers together because in this world right now, it ain’t going to happen.”
For now, whether or not Teofimo Lopez will fight Devin Haney next is uncertain.