Newly-crowned unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez has revealed he may stick around at 135-pounds for yet another fight or two.
The Brooklynite, who delivered an upset over the weekend by defeating Vasiliy Lomachenko via unanimous decision, is open to the prospect of facing Devin Haney and could even have a rematch with Ukraine's Loma before moving up to junior welterweight.
Should he move up to 140-pounds, Lopez will be targeting a showdown against the winner of an undisputed clash between Josh Taylor and Jose Ramirez.
But the idea of taking on WBC titlist Haney - who defends his WBC belt against Yuriorkis Gamboa on November 7 - is something which also appeals to Lopez. "I don't duck or dodge any of these guys," Lopez said during a post-fight press conference Saturday night at MGM Grand.
"And I think that they don't have the will to win like I do. So, hell yeah, 140, if anything, it's dangerous for them, man, because that's where I'm really fully hydrated, I feel much better and I'm faster and I'm stronger than them.
"Haney is the secondary WBC champion with the Franchise title now belonging to Lopez, who also added the WBA and WBO straps to his IBF crown. Lopez will make his decision as to where he goes next after Haney's title defence next month.
"I'm a big 135-pounder," Lopez said. "You know what I mean? Perfecting Athletes, who are my nutritionists, they definitely do their work and their math on me, you know? And it's not even just dropping weight drastically. It's about making sure that my brain is fine and perfectly in good condition to make that weight. So, I know I can make 135 again. That won't be an issue, you know what I mean, as long as I stay consistent with everything.
"That's why, you know, I'm building a house now, with my wife, and I'm very thankful for that. We've been doing it throughout the process of this fight, just so I can have a gym in my house and stay consistent with my work. Who knows what the future holds? You know, I would love to definitely unify at 140, take all the belts and become undisputed champion back-to-back. Hell, yeah!"
His father and trainer Lopez Sr. is hoping his son moves up to 140-pounds but has refused to rule out the possibility of remaining in the lightweight division should they be offered an attractive proposition.
"I think it's time to move up," Lopez Sr. said. "I think it's time for him to go and try to get all the belts at the 140-pound division. There's no reason we have to stay at 135, unless, you know, they give us something to wanna fight for, you know? So, it all depends. It all depends. But I'd rather him go to 140. He's been suffering at this weight for like seven years already."