Josh Taylor: Teofimo Lopez Has Unfinished Business At Lightweight
Josh Taylor is eyeing big fights but he feels Teofimo Lopez shouldn’t be facing him just yet.
Taylor made history on May 22 against Jose Ramirez. Taylor became Britain’s first undisputed champion in the four-belt era. He did so by defeating Ramirez via unanimous decision, scoring two knockdowns in the process. With the victory, Taylor now lays claim to the WBA, IBF, WBC, WBO, and The Ring Junior-Welterweight Titles.
During a chat with Fight Hype, Taylor said that he feels Lopez needs to keep fighting at lightweight before gunning for gold at 140 pounds (via BoxingInsider.com).
“He’s got to take care of business at lightweight and actually become undisputed at lightweight first. He’s a great fighter. Great talent but he’s got some stuff to do at lightweight.”
Just before Taylor and Ramirez shared the ring, Lopez told ESNews that he’s opening to challenging for the undisputed junior-welterweight gold.
“That’s what it’s all about, chasing the glory and making more history. Becoming a two-time, undisputed world champion back to back.”
As it stands now, Jack Catterall is the mandatory challenger for Taylor’s gold. Lopez will be fighting George Kambosos on June 19. Lopez’s WBA, IBF, WBO, The Ring, and WBC (Franchise) Lightweight Championships will be at stake.