Josh Taylor Says Teofimo Lopez Is Not the Undisputed Champion in the Lightweight Division: ‘He’s Got Unfinished Business’

Published 04/22/2021, 6:00 AM EDT
OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez walks to his corner after the seventh round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)


Teofimo Lopez is one of the biggest lightweight fighters of all time. In just a brief span of time, he has risen to the peak of the division, thus cementing himself as the unified 135-pound king. However, the unified super-lightweight champ, Josh Taylor, isn’t quite impressed with Lopez’s boxing run.

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In a chat with Michael Benson, he said, “He’s saying he’s undisputed and he’s not. He’s got to beat Devin Haney, so he’s got unfinished business at lightweight. Did he do well to beat Lomachenko? Absolutely. But he did brilliant against a small lightweight.”

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Taylor fired at ‘The Takeover’ and stated that Lopez cannot be undisputed unless he fights the WBC champion, ‘The Dream’ Devin Haney. However, that may not happen till late 2021, as he will box the undefeated George Kambosos Jr. in a 12-round war on June 5. This will be Teofimo Lopez‘s first prime title defense fight, and it will play an important role in elevating his career. A win will see him open himself to even bigger fights in the future.

Considering the same, his stint from hereon will be extremely interesting. More than anyone else, ‘The Takeover’ is himself ecstatic to signify his run and make a mark of his own in one of the most competitive boxing divisions.

Does Teofimo Lopez possess enough skill sets in the bag to become the undisputed face of lightweights?

With a clean record of 16-0, the 23-year-old has annihilated every opponent he’s faced. In fact, for his last fight against Vasyl Lomachenko, Lopez won The Ring Magazine Fighter of the Year 2020.

OXON HILL, MD – JULY 19: Teofimo Lopez in his corner after the tenth round of his lightweight IBF World Title Elimination fight against Masayoshi Nakatani (not pictured) at The Theater at MGM National Harbor on July 19, 2019 in Oxon Hill, Maryland. (Photo by Scott Taetsch/Getty Images)

Moreover, with this win, Lopez cemented his reign as the upcoming face of the lightweight landscape.

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That said, ‘The Takeover’ has all that it takes to become the undisputed champion at his prime weight class. But for that, he’ll have to take on some really stout contenders and put his brilliance to the test repeatedly.

Hence, it’ll be interesting to see how Lopez fares in his upcoming fights as he seeks to silence any doubts about his status as the champion.

What do you draw off Josh Taylor’s comments on Teofimo Lopez?

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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