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Champion Lopez wants to fight Taylor

London, Jan 12 (Agencies) | Publish Date: 1/12/2021 11:21:09 AM IST

Undisputed world lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez is eyeing a fight with Britain’s Josh Taylor as he plots a step up the divisions.

Taylor hopes to add the WBC and WBO light-welterweight belts to his own IBF and WBA titles by beating Jose Ramirez.

Outlining hopes to take on the winner, Lopez, 23, told BBC Radio 5 Live: “They got to make that happen. Absolutely. I would love to do that fight in the UK.

“The main guy I do want to win from that fight is Josh Taylor.”

Speaking to the boxing podcast hosted by Mike Costello and Steve Bunce, the American added: “It’ll go to show everyone that we talk a lot, but we back it up.”

Lopez beat Vasyl Lomachenko by a unanimous points decision in Las Vegas in October to become the undisputed lightweight champion, adding the WBA, WBO and WBC ‘franchise’ titles to his IBF belt.

He is the youngest four-belt undisputed champion, with an unbeaten record of 16 wins from 16 bouts.

Taylor, 30, is hoping for a unification fight against Ramirez in 2021 and told BBC Scotland last month he wants to retire in two or three years as a three-weight world champion.

Lopez said he is planning two fights this year at 135lb (lightweight) and one at 140 (light-welterweight).

He believes a bout with unbeaten compatriot Devin Haney is most likely next as plans to fight Australia’s mandatory IBF challenger George Kambosos have been scuppered by travel restrictions, and he ruled out fighting Ukrainian Lomachenko again.

“We beat him fair and square, we beat him clearly,” said Lopez.

“Had this fight been a split decision, then yes, we could talk about something but this turned out to be a unanimous decision for a reason.

“We outboxed the boxer, we beat the boxer, now it’s on to bigger and better things.”

Lopez believes he will prove even better when rising up the weights, eventually fighting at welterweight (147lb).

“We are resisting my full potential, because we want to make these other fights happen. At 140, you guys will see my full potential. At 147, you will see a lot more,” he said.

Meanwhile, Josh Taylor, currently, the IBF and WBA 140 pound champion, the man from Edinburgh has gone on record as saying he aims to be retired by the age of 32 or 33, after maybe six more fights.

 

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