Iron Mike T. wants the undisputed lightweight champion, Teofimo Lopez, to step around his IBF mandatory George Kambosos Jr and take the far more interesting match against WBC champ Devin Haney, by Chris Williams.
Regarding U.S fan interest, A fight between IBF/WBA/WBC Franchise/WBO 135-lb champion Lopez (16-0, 12 KOs) vs. Haney would be a big fight in the States. American boxing fans would eat up this match, and it would help solidify Teofimo’s position as the #1 guy at 135.
Teofimo and his dad Lopez Sr have been interested in defending against Kambosos because they believe that they can fight him in front of a huge crowd in a stadium in Australia. Lopez’s promoter Bob Arum thinks the same thing, but it might be just a pipe dream.
Teofimo needs to maximize his time at 135
Kambosos isn’t a big star in his own country, and it would be bad if Teofimo naively agrees to fight there and winds up in a stadium that looks like a ghost town, unlike some of the past Australian fighters.
Teofimo doesn’t have enough time left at 135 to be throwing it away on fighting obscure guys that he can easily wipeout like Kambosos. That’s not even a sporting fight on paper.
If one saw how bad Kambosos looked in his last fight against the over-the-hill Lee Selby last October, you’d want Teofimo to forget about him.
If the IBF wants to strip Teofimo of his title for not fighting Kambosos, so be it. Teo should cast the IBF belt adrift and let Kambosos jump overboard and dog-paddle after it.
If the IFL orders Kambosos and Vasily Lomachenko to scrap for the vacated title, there can only be one winner in that mismatch.
Kambosos would be walking the plank if he had to fight Lomachenko (14-2, 10 KOs) for the IBF strap, but at least it would trim some of the fat from the top of the division, clear out the pretenders.
Mike T. doesn’t care about Teofimo vs. Kambososo
”We’re going to make it happen,” said Teofimo to Haney in his appearance on Mike Tyson’s show. “Let me see what they’re going to do in Australia first. If we don’t like what they do, we’re going to fight,” said Lopez to Haney.
A lot of fans would rather Teofimo to forget about the Kambosos fight, and instead go after Haney, Gervonta ‘Tank Davis, or Shakur Stevenson. Those would be huge fights for Teofimo, and they’ll all possible right now.
Once Teofimo moves up to 140 at the end of the year, he can forget about fighting those guys. That’s why Teofimo must make the most of the little time he has left at 135 rather than frittering it away on mismatches against obscure fighters like Kambosos.