Although both Devin Haney and Teofimo Lopez openly loathe one another, Haney once admitted that the talent and skills of his hated rival are undeniable.
As the 25-year-old continued to make his way up the 135-pound ranks, his career reached its crescendo following a second-round stoppage win over Richard Commey in 2019. Just one year later, Lopez would parlay that victory into a unification bout against Vasiliy Lomachenko.
Against all odds, the braggadocious Lopez first boxed then brawled his way to a unanimous decision win. With his star power reaching an all-time high, Lopez attempted to defend his unified throne against George Kambosos Jr. in November of 2021.
While he was initially viewed as a tenuous challenger, Kambosos sprung an upset of his own, dropping, bloodying, and outworking Lopez, before handing him the first defeat of his career.
Since having his pristine record sullied, Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs) has moved on from the 135-pound division and has registered two victories as a full-fledged super lightweight. But while the loquacious former champion has continued to rack up victories, Haney has been thoroughly unimpressed with his recent outings.
Just this past weekend, in front of a raucous crowd in New York’s Madison Square Garden, Lopez vowed to issue a statement to the rest of the division by becoming the first man to stop Sandor Martin. But, despite his promises, Lopez struggled mightily before eking out a controversial split decision.
Haney, having defeated Kambosos in back-to-back bouts to become the division’s lone undisputed champion, watched carefully from his palatial estate. With his mouth left wide open, Haney revealed that on that fateful night against Kambosos, the Australian native stripped Lopez of something deep down inside.
“Kambosos ruined Teo,” said Haney on his verified Twitter account. “He will never be the same.”
Lopez, unbeknownst to him, seemingly agreed with Haney. After pulling out the close split decision over Martin, the normally confident Lopez hung despondently on the ropes before asking his handlers several painful questions.
“Do I still have it, man?" Asked Lopez. "Do I still got it?”