Josh Taylor May Jump Between 147 And 140 For Major Fights

Josh Taylor can’t see why he has to give up his high perch soon or ever in the 140-pound division. The uncontested junior world weight champion from Scotland may have achieved everything he can do in his current weight class, but it does not imply that he wants to permanently leave it.

The undisputed light-welterweight champion is still determined to assert himself at 147, where important – and profitable – possibilities can be waiting for him.

In the past, Bob Arum of Top Rank, the promoter of Taylor, railed against WBO championship holder Terence Crawford in the match. It’s uncertain whether the 30-year-old could fight any other world-weight champions and elite competitors as most – Yordenis Ugas (WBA), Errol Spence Jr. (WBC, IBF), Danny García, and Keith Thurman – are all in line with Al Haymon’s top boxing champions.

Taylor can hold his titles at 140 while he makes his mark at 147 and alternate between the two weight classes. At 140, he probably could take on Top Rank champion Teofimo Lopez if Lopez decides to move up.

“I want to come up to [147] and demonstrate that I’m the best, winning all of the division’s belts,” Taylor stated. “I want to get up to 147 and fight for a few big contests. And then perhaps come down and defend my [140-pound belts] and perhaps vary from one pound to another.

Weight, possibly the biggest bugbear for a professional boxer, seems not to be Taylor’s major concern.

“I can create 140,” he remarked. “There are major fights at 140 and big fights at 147, so massive fights are held in and around both divisions.”

On December 18, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Taylor (18-0, 13 KOs) is planning to defend his junior worldwide WBA/WBC/IBF/WBO belts against mandatory challenger Jack Catterall (26-0, 13 KOs). Taylor unified the division with Jose Ramirez’s decision last May.

“No, no, I don’t,” Taylor told IFL TV whether he asked Catterall if his last fight was maybe 140. “I think I can have a 140-pounder career.”

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