Teofimo Lopez Unwilling to Fight Josh Taylor in UK for Bizarre Reason

Published 05/26/2021, 12:00 PM 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)


Last weekend, Josh Taylor put on a clinical performance against Jose Ramirez. With that win, he became the undisputed champ in the super-lightweight division and established his reign at this weight class. Moreover, with the undisputed title under his wing, Taylor is now open to fighting any and everybody from the division.

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Teofimo Lopez has a powerful urge to face the Scottish boxer. Recently, Lopez interacted with Michael Benson and detailed his anticipation to fight ‘The Tartan Tornado’. Also, he revealed why he wouldn’t take this fight in the UK.

“Josh Taylor did what he had to do. It was a great fight, great event. You know, Top Rank and everything that they did… The whole thing now is about making those fights happen and hopefully, these guys are willing to step up,” said Lopez.

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He continued, “I won’t take the fight in the UK. Not because I don’t believe I will beat him in the UK. It’s just the fact that I can just see how much of the animosity or just a way that folks are caring that I’m not undisputed at 35 (135-pound division).” 

‘Take Over’ admitted that he’s never dodged a fight in his short yet attractive career. Moreover, he even confessed that he’s trying to be a cash cow in the division, allowing every opponent he faces to make a huge paycheck. For now, though, Lopez is lined up to face George Kambosos Jr. for his mandatory title defense.

Teofimo Lopez vs Josh Taylor – will this fight happen in 2021?

Lopez unquestionably holds some weight in the lightweight roster. But when it comes to the super-lightweight division, Taylor is the undisputed champ, and he has to make big choices on whom he wishes to take on next.

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Also, Taylor has even expressed his interest in moving up to the welterweight roster after claiming all the belts at the 140-pound division. Citing this scenario, Lopez’s probability of facing Taylor seems to be pretty slim.

However, if ‘The Tartan Tornado’ stays at this weight class for a while, then the fans might get to see a 12-round war between these two.

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Will you be excited to see this pair collide?

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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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