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Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez preview
Back in 2020, Lopez shot into boxing stardom with an upset win over two time Olympic gold medalist and multiple time world champion Vasiliy Lomachenko. A winner by unanimous decision, Lopez became the first man to beat Lomachenko in more than half a decade, stretching back to ‘The Matrix”s WBO featherweight title fight against Orlando Salcido in just his second pro bout.
“When I fought Loma, I took his heart”, stated Lopez. “Especially in that twelfth round. When I said, ‘C’mon!’ and he pulled back. See, I took your heart. Boom, won the fight. With Taylor, he got no heart. He got no heart, so what can I really take from this man? His life. And the only way I’m gonna make a statement is by doing that. I’m not sorry about that. Because, how do I scare people more than that? How do I put fear in everyone else’s eyes? I put fear on fear’s eyes. Take a man’s life.”
For his part, Josh Taylor may welcome the attitude. He hasn’t responded directly to the latest threat yet, but in his own pre-fight interview earlier in the week, he spoke about how he’d welcome Lopez trying to stand and fight with him, since he is the bigger man. He also brought up Lopez’s mental state, which is likely to be a topic of discussion throughout the upcoming fight week. Either way, he’s unlikely to admit to being impressed by the threat.
That’s especially true since Lopez has struggled to find his top shelf form in the years since his upset win over Lomachenko. In the fight following his victory, Lopez lost the WBA Super Lightweight title, as well as the IBF, WBO and The Ring lightweight belts, in a shocking loss to Australia’s George Kamobosos Jr. Kambosos would, himself go on to lose his belts in his very next fights, a pair of decision defeats at the hands of Devin Haney.
Lopez rallied back from his loss to Kambosos with a TKO victory over Mexico’s Pedro Campa in 2022. That win netted him the WBC/NABF and WBO international Lightweight belts. However, in a fllowup fight against Spanish southpaw Sandor Martin in December of last year, ‘The Takeover’ had another lackluster showing. He still managed to gut out the victory, but the victory came with its fair share of criticism. With the unbeaten Scotsman Taylor in front of him, it’s worth wondering if Lopez is ready to deliver at his previous elite levels.
The fight itself goes down in Maddison Square Garden, New York, on June 10th, in what is sure to be a stellar night for boxing.
Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez full fight card
- Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez, 12 rounds, junior welterweight – Taylor’s WBO junior welterweight title
- Xander Zayas vs. Ronald Cruz, 10 rounds, junior middleweight
- Henry Lebron vs. Carlos Ramos, 10 rounds, junior lightweight
- Omar Rosario vs. Jan Carlos Rivera, 8 rounds, junior welterweight
- Bruce Carrington vs. Luis Porozo, 8 rounds, featherweight
- Damian Knyba vs. Helaman Olguin, 8 rounds, heavyweight
- Jamaine Ortiz vs. Humberto Galindo, 10 rounds, lightweight
- Robson Conceicao vs. Nicolas Polanco, 10 rounds, super featherweight
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