Arum Eyes Teofimo Lopez vs. Devin Haney Showdown

Teofimo Lopez vs. Devin Haney

Promoter Bob Arum is eager to arrange a fight between WBO light welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez and Devin Haney, who recently suffered a tough defeat. This plan hinges on Lopez’s success in his title defense against veteran Steve Claggett this Saturday in Miami.

Teofimo’s Unmet Potential
Despite an early career high with a 2020 victory over Vasily Lomachenko, Teofimo Lopez (20-1, 13 KOs) has struggled to maintain his star power. His recent performances have disappointed, casting doubt on his ability to achieve widespread stardom.

Haney’s Uncertain Future
Devin Haney has vacated his WBC light welterweight title and holds the ‘Champion in recess’ status following his majority decision loss to Ryan Garcia on April 20th. Haney is uncertain about his next steps, contemplating legal action against Garcia over alleged PED use and expressing interest in a rematch. Beyond Garcia, Haney has shown little interest in other opponents.

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Financial Challenges for Haney-Lopez Fight
For Arum to entice Haney into fighting Lopez, a substantial financial offer is essential due to the high risk for Haney and the potential jeopardy to his unbeaten record and rematch plans with Garcia. Neither fighter has a strong PPV draw, with Haney’s limited charisma and Lopez’s erratic interview behavior contributing to doubts about the fight’s financial viability. Haney would likely demand a hefty guaranteed purse, making it a significant gamble for Arum and ESPN.

Arum’s Ambitions for Lopez
“There are a lot of 140-lb champions who would make great matches for Lopez,” Arum told Sky Sports, eyeing unification fights for Lopez at light welterweight. “There’s Devin Haney – he and Haney would make a great fight,” Arum continued. However, convincing Haney to accept a smaller purse with backend incentives is challenging, especially with the prospect of a lucrative rematch against Garcia in 2025. Haney’s potential earnings from a Garcia rematch far outweigh the financial allure of a fight with Lopez, whose career momentum is declining.

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