After the sensational defeat at the hands of the Australian George Kambosos Jnr, the former lightweight world champion Theofimo Lopez he intends to revive his career by changing weight categories and seeking glory in the superlight. Between him and the conquest of new world titles, however, there is the formidable Scottish fighter Josh Taylor, who currently owns all four 140-pound world belts.
Lopez had made the big deal by defeating the Ukrainian champion against all odds Vasyl Lomachenko in October 2020 and displacing it from the top of the lightweight category. On the occasion of that unexpected victory, however, a doubt arose in relation to the situation of the world titles. Lomachenko in fact, after having collected all four main belts, was elevated by the WBC to the rank of “Franchise champion”, thus freeing up the position of WBC champion, immediately occupied by the American Devin Haney. Although most of the experts consider Haney’s title as a “second division” and have therefore recognized first Lopez and then Kambosos the status of undisputed champions, not everyone agrees with this interpretation of the facts.
The Scottish Josh Taylor recently thought of playing on the ambiguity just described. interview given to IFL TV. When the broadcaster’s reporters brought to him the recent statement by Lopez, who said he was confident of becoming the undisputed champion again, Taylor replied:
“Again? Become the undisputed champion again? Yes, I saw that he wrote it. Well, the fact is that first of all he was never the undisputed champion, so he will have to try sooner or later ”.
A match between Taylor and Lopez, valid for all world super light belts, seems to be relatively simple to organize as both boxers are managed by the Top Rank of Bob Arum. It is also true, however, that the same organization takes care of the interests of numerous other protagonists of the division, which is why Lopez will necessarily have to earn his chance by obtaining some prestigious results. Taylor also pointed out this aspect during the interview:
“He has a long line ahead of him to get this match. So he can wait as long as he wants and bark as long as he wants ”.
The “Tartan Tornado” will be engaged on February 26th in the defense of its titles from the assault of the unbeaten Englishman Jack Catterall in front of the public friend of Glasgow’s SSE Hydro. This will be Taylor’s first official match after the splendid reunification match won last May in Las Vegas against the American of Mexican roots. Jose Carlos Ramirez.
Lopez Sr: “I don’t need revenge. We’ll go up to 140lbs and KO everyone! “