ESPN columnist Jeff Wagenheim, discussing the possibility of organizing a fight between the top lightweights, Americans Teofimo Lopez (16-0-0, 12 KO) and Devin Haney (24-0-0, 15 KO), came to a disappointing conclusion.
“Of course, the rule that if you want to be the best, then beat the best, does not go away, but let’s not forget that boxing is only part of Haney’s job as a box office fighter.
It’s not his fault that he got the title like that. His business also involves money, and they are more if you have a belt. And rest assured that he will consider his priorities before putting his belt on the line against Lopez. There is no doubt that now there is no more monetary fight in the lightweight division than with Teofimo, but there are safer options, “Wagenheim said.