Teofimo Lopez, current undisputed lightweight champion, again criticized boxing politics by ensuring that the CMB gifted the title of regular lightweight champion to Devin Haney, so they currently share that status of champions in the body.
“So today the same thing comes. I won it, I won it, I did what I had to do against all odds, the winner takes it all (speaking of his fight against Lomachenko to whom he snatched the titles) ”, he said Teofimo Lopez to talkSPORT. “And it happened again, it happened again. I earned everything and somehow they just put a little motherfucker in there (Devin Haney, whom they named regular monarch and the belt of Theophimus they named it a franchise title) ”.
Teófimo López recalled that they made a play similar to Haney’s when he was an amateur
The champion recalled that he experienced something similar when he was an amateur boxer and was fighting for a place to represent the United States in the Olympic Games. Lopez won the Olympic selective tournament, but it had already been decided that Carlos Balderas placeholder image would go to Rio 2016 as he qualified through the World Series of Boxing.
“You know they did this to me at the 2015 US Olympic Trials,” he recalled. “In 2015, I won the United States Olympic Trials for the Olympics. For the 2016 Rio Olympics. I won it, I won it, in Reno, Nevada, “he explained.
“I went back and saw the list: Shakur stevenson, Nico Hernandez, Antonio Vargas placeholder image, Gary Russell. Teofimo Lopez it was on that list. And do you know what they did with it? “They gave me a fucking gold medal of shit, but it was not gold, it said ‘132 pound winner,” he argued.
Lopez He remembered his feelings after it was removed from the list so that Balderas join the Olympic boxing team.
“They threw me aside and then they put that other boy named Carlos Balderas placeholder imageThey put him there, in the ring, while I had to watch after winning the Olympic trials, “he said. “[Estaba] crying at 18, seeing them do the political shit they do in this sport, “he said.