The negotiations between Vasily Lomachenko and Teofimo Lopez have ground to a halt over the $1.2 million offer that was made to the talented ‘El Brooklyn’ for their October 3 fight.
If ESPN and Top Rank don’t have the money to pay Teofimo, then he needs to be replaced as soon as possible with a quality opponent.
WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney would be an excellent replacement fighter for Lomachenko (14-1, 10 KOs) to fight on October 3 on ESPN, as long as Top Rank’s brass are on board with it.
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Haney’s management is interested in matching him against Yuriorkis Gamboa, but that fight holds little appeal to the boxing public in the U.S.
They haven’t negotiated that fight yet, so Haney could, in theory, move on if he’s given an offer from Top Rank to face Lomachenko. But for all that, Haney would probably turn up his nose at a $1.2 million proposal to face Lomachenko.
He would likely want over $2 million at the minimum to face the #1 pound-for-pound fighter in boxing in Lomachenko.
Haney (24-0, 15 KOs) is a risky opponent for the 32-year-old Lomachenko, as he’s starting to show signs of age. But if Loma is the top fighter in the sport like Top Rank believes him to be, then they should have no qualms about letting him face the unbeaten 21-year-old Haney.
It doesn’t look like Top Rank promoter Bob Arum will be increasing the offer made to the New Yorker Teofimo (15-0, 12 KOs) to get it to over $2 million, and he’s already looking to go in another direction.
Teofimo, 23, says the Lomachenko fight is still “going to happen,” but don’t be too sure of that. He wants a considerable increase over the current offer made by Top Rank, and it’s believed that the only way that’ll happen is if ESPN steps in and comes up with the extra dough.