Teofimo Lopez Sr wants $10M from Hearn for Haney fight
By Dan Ambrose: Teofimo Lopez Sr confronted promoter Eddie Hearn last Saturday night and told him that the asking price for his son Teofimo Jr to face WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney is $10 million. That’s a lot of money for a fight that won’t generate a great deal of interest.
An amused Hearn then told Teofimo Jr that Teofimo Jr’s WBC Franchise title is a fake belt before walking away.
WBC 135-lb champ Haney, 22, has been pushing for a fight against IBF/WBA/WBC [Franchise]/WBO lightweight champion Teofimo ever since he defeated Vasily Lomachenko on October 17th.
Haney maintains that Teofimo needs to fight him to become the true undisputed lightweight champion because his WBC Franchise belt isn’t a real title.
It’s a belt that is given out by the World Boxing Council to popular fighters like Canelo that they like a lot.
Matchroom Boxing promoter Hearn and Teofimo Lopez and his dad were on hand at the Saul Canelo Alvarez vs. Callum Smith fight when they bumped into each other last Saturday night at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas.
Hearn’s immediate plans are for Haney (25-0, 15 KOs) to face the winner of the January 2nd fight between Luke Campbell and Ryan Garcia.
The World Boxing Council ordered the Campbell vs. Garcia fight for the interim WBC 135-lb winner with the condition that the winner will face WBC lightweight champion, Haney.
Although Ryan, 22, has recently talked of wanting to fight WBA ‘regular’ lightweight champion if he comes out victorious against Campbell, he’ll likely instead face Haney.
Here’s the interaction between Hearn, Teofimo Lopez Jr, and his father Lopez Sr last Saturday:
Hearn: “What are you going to do? Fight [George] Kambosos Jr?”
Teofimo Lopez Sr: “Ten million, and we’ll fight Devin [Haney] tomorrow.”
Hearn: “I can do that. You won’t be allowed, that’s the problem,” said Hearn.
Teofimo Sr: “You’re talking to the wrong person. You have to talk to me.”
Hearn: “I don’t want to get in trouble for breach of contract.
Teofimo Sr: “We’re the bigger dogs; we’ve got all the belts.”
Hearn: “You’re missing one. You can’t be undisputed. The Franchise doesn’t count. The only thing I don’t like about the Franchise belt is, when you win the Franchise belt, you can’t be undisputed. You should be undisputed.”
Teofimo: “I an undisputed.”
Hearn: “You should be undisputed with your victory [over Vasily Lomachenko], but unfortunately, you’re not.
Teofimo: “We didn’t ask for it [the Franchise belt..”
Hearn: “I know, but you should be [undisputed lightweight champion after beating Lomachenko] with your victory, but unfortunately, you’re not.”
Teofimo’s promoters at Top Rank plan on matching him against his IBF mandatory George Kambosos Jr. next. It’s not a great fight, but it’s a necessity given that he’s his mandatory.
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