Josh Taylor Steps on Teofimo Lopez’ Fight Proposal One More Time
There is little doubt that Teofimo “Take Over” Lopez (16-1, 12 KO’s) and Teofimo Lopez Sr. are still reeling from their November 27 undressing. On that fateful date, the Take Over was force-fed a crushing upset loss at the hands of “Ferocious” George Kambosos. During the televised heist, Kambosos lifted Lopez’s WBA super, WBO and IBF lightweight titles from his waist and claimed them for his own. The detrimental, and embarrassing, loss on the big stage thrust the prizefighter and his chief second into a tailspin.
The Lopez duo has never been uncomfortable with either making near megalomaniac level declarations or stepping away from reality all together. Lopez Sr has always talked about the Take Over like he was the latest X-Men recruit, just suited up and ready to save the world. Out of his mouth, his son will knockout the division’s best, blindfolded and with one hand tied behind his back.
One example of their stepping away from reality however, is their doggedly repeating that they’re going to move up and duel with undisputed super lightweight champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (18-0, 13 KO’s).
YOU SKIPPING MEDS?!
Father and son have routinely and regularly threatened to move up to super lightweight for some time now. Thus far though, there has been no substance to the talks. The duo has also regularly discussed their plans to move up and fight Taylor, specifically. This is odd because the Tartan Tornado has always said he was not going to face the Take Over.
Going a step further, Taylor insisted that Lopez must first settle things in the ring with WBC lightweight champion Devin Haney. So it was really bonkers when Lopez Sr said that they were still going to face Taylor even after they’d just been defeated by Kambosos. Unfazed, the Tartan Tornado was only too happy to remind Team Lopez they can stop asking for the dustup.
“Nonsense! Nonsense, he can come up to 140 but he is not getting the fight with me! He got beat up by George Kambosos and so what right does he have to come up and challenge me?
“He’s not got anything to offer on the table at 140, so what’s the point? Plus I would beat him up any way, give him a good beating!”
We already know that Taylor is locked into a February 26 dance date with Jack Catterall, so that is what’s on his immediate agenda. Yet, it will be more telling to see what weight class Lopez next competes at and who he fights. Will he be the same or somehow better? Will he fight ever again, period? Only time will tell. Yet no matter how the cards may land, 3kingsboxing will be there to report the news.
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By: Bakari Simpson