His father, Teofimo Lopez Sr, stated that Lopez might have chosen WBC champion Regis Prograis or IBF titleholder Alberto Puello, but Taylor’s status as former undisputed champion made him the top dog in the division.
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While that may been the case, it appears that Taylor is not in the best form. His last fight against Jack Catterall was marred by controversy, as the Scotsman walked away with a split-decision victory, despite the overwhelming consensus that he lost.
Also, Taylor’s inactivity since then, which has not been helped by his foot injury that disrupted his rematch with Catterall, could be a reason for Lopez to take this fight now.
Regardless of what the case may be, Lopez Sr. has talked up the challenge of facing Taylor, making any possible victory all the more noteworthy.
In his comments to MillCity Boxing, he said: “My son is the one that picked this fight. We could have gone a little bit easier with Prograis or anybody else that has belts, especially the Dominican dude [Alberto Puello] that is fighting Rolando Romero now. We don’t want that.
“We got to do it the hard way, and it’s always been the hard way for me and my son. So, we’re going after the boogeyman, and the boogeyman at 140 is Josh Taylor,” Lopez Sr