Lopez Says Haney And Crawford Will Duck Him
Lopez is the current WBO Junior Welterweight Champion, having beaten Josh Taylor to become a two-weight world champion. His next fight is against Jamaine Ortiz on February 8, 2024, during Super Bowl Week. He could face Haney or Crawford if he comes out victorious, as he is expected to do.
“A fight with Haney at 140 would be for a unification since The Dream holds the WBC Junior Welterweight title. The fight is possible, given Bill Haney’s vocal desire to get it made. A fight with Crawford is on Lopez’s radar after he called out the world’s pound-for-pound number one fighter. Crawford dismissed the call out, urging Lopez to focus on his weight class. And Lopez felt both would try to find a way of avoiding a fight with him.
“January 19th, after I beat this boy [Jamaine Ortiz], let’s see what they do next. I bet Devin Haney is going to go up to 147 and say they’re a three-time world champion. I bet Terence Crawford is going to go to 154 and drop all his belts at 147. Let’s see if they do this. I hope someone has this pre-recorded, and after I beat this boy [Ortiz], post it. The thing I learned about this game,” Lopez said
Haney And Crawford
If Haney were to move up for a third world title, that could be excused, given that it adds to his growing legacy. Haney was the youngest Undisputed Champion in the four-belt era, cleaning up all the belts at 135 pounds. After adding a title at 140, he aimed to move up to 147 if the right fight became available.
The same can be said for Crawford. After becoming the first Undisputed Welterweight Champion of the four-belt era, Crawford was on course to face Spence in the rematch. The Truth exercised his rematch clause, blaming vision problems for the reason why he was hit by Bud repeatedly.
That suggestion irked Crawford, who distanced himself from a rematch as he could move up to 154. A fight with the WBO Junior Middleweight Champion, Tim Tszyu, could be made, aiding Bud’s desire to be a three-weight undisputed champion. Despite this, Lopez felt it was just hurdles designed to avoid a fight.
Lopez Doubles Down
“Those fighters hide under their promoter, they hide under their manager, and they hide under their network. You got to understand, they put a lot of money in these kids. I understand. Hey, I understand. It’s okay. Let’s See What They Do After I Beat This Boy,” Lopez added
Before those fights can even be mentioned, Lopez has to beat Ortiz. The latter is no pushover, only having one loss in his career against Vasiliy Lomachenko. Since Ortiz is fighting at 140 for the first time in his career, he has every incentive to perform well. That is why Lopez will have to be wary
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