Undefeated world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez commented on the upcoming fight between WBC title holder Devin Haney and Venezuelan Jorge Linares.
“He needs to make a statement,” Lopez said in an interview with BoxingScene.com. “He can’t play like he did against Gamboa. But I will still fight Haney in the next fight, no matter how he shows himself.
All he needs is to go out and show something that people have not yet seen. He needs to flip the toggle switch, because he is quite predictable. He will only throw a jab, keeping his weight on his back foot, and occasionally will go on the attack when he feels that he must, while closing his eyes and hoping for the best. But we don’t know. After all, I managed to progress to such a high level, so maybe Devin Haney will do it.
Linares did not fight for a long time, but he was able to recover well, continuing to train in the gym. I remember seeing Linares here at City Boxing: he trained even when he had no fight. So he’s prepared. At the same time, he managed to rest well. You know, we all need a vacation, whether it’s Pacquiao or anyone else. I think we will have a great fight. It will be a very difficult test for Devin Haney. “