Teofimo Lopez Sr. Targeting Rolly vs. Pitbull Cruz Winner, No Interest in Haney

By Robbie Bannatyne - 02/05/2024 - Comments

Teofimo Lopez Sr. says he wants his son, WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Jr., to face the winner of the March 30th fight between WBA champ Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero and Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz.

When Teofimo Sr. was asked whether they’re interested in facing WBC 140-lb champion Devin Haney in unification next, he quickly dismissed the idea, saying Teo has to focus on his fight this week and that he doesn’t see a match with Dev happening anytime soon.

It was clear that Lopez Sr. doesn’t like the idea of Teofimo facing Haney for some reason and prefers the arguably easier match for Teo against the Rolly vs. Pitbull winner.

Teofimo (19-1, 13 KOs) still needs to successfully defend his WBO title this Thursday night in his voluntary defense against Jamaine Ortiz (17-1-1, 8 KOs) on ESPN and ESPN+ at the Michelob Ultra Arena in Las Vegas.

Teofimo Sr. Wants Rolly vs. Pitbull Winner for Teo

“That’s a 50-50 fight. Rolly can punch. Cruz can punch as well. It depends on who’s the better fighter that night,” said Teofimo Lopez Sr. to Fight Hub TV when asked who wins the March 30th fight between WBA light welterweight champion Rolando ‘Rolly’ Romero and Isaac ‘Pitbull’ Cruz on Amazon Prime PPV.

If Rolly loses to Cruz, they’re likely going to be an immediate rematch, so Teofimo Jr. will need to wait for the smoke to clear from the second fight before he gets a chance to fight the winner.

“They’ve both got to bring everything they’ve got. It’s a tough match for both of them, and whoever comes out victorious, we’re ready. We’re ready to take on whoever it is to unify the belts. So whoever wins, we’re ready to fight,” said Lopez Sr. about wanting the Rolly vs. Pitbull winner for Teofimo.

“That’s up to them. We’re not even worried about those guys now. We’re just thinking about Jermaine Ortiz right now. We’re focused on him first and focused on putting on a great performance on February 8th, and we’ll talk about that later on,” said Teofimo Sr. when asked if he’s interested in having Teo fight a unification match against WBC 140-lb champion Devin Haney next.

“We’ve called him out numerous times. That fight not going to be made, especially anytime soon after what we do on February 8th,” said Lopez Sr., closing the door on the fight with Haney.

YouTube video