By Jim Calfa: A skinny-looking WBO gentle welterweight champion Josh Taylor weighed in at 139.8 lbs, whereas challenger Teofimo Lopez got here in on the restrict at 140 kilos throughout Friday’s weigh-in for his or her battle on Saturday, June tenth.
Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) stripped and was weighed behind a display to make the burden, which means that he’d been having issues getting all the way down to the 140-lb restrict we’ll earlier than the weigh-in.
Through the face-off, an animated Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) taunted the silent, sickly-looking Teofimo. Like yesterday, each fighters had been stored aside by a big, chunky-looking safety guard to maintain them from shoving, as we noticed on the Devin Haney vs. Vasyl Lomaachenko weigh-in.
We’ll see on Saturday if Teofimo is weakened from his efforts at getting all the way down to the 140-lb restrict. In Teo’s fights in opposition to Vasyl Lomachenko & George Kambosos Jr, he was fatigued after six rounds. Given how big he was for each of these fights afteer rehydrating, it’s possible that the burden was the wrongdoer.
It’s believed that when Teofimo was campaigning at light-weight, he would rehydrate to the mid-150s, which he acquired away with for some time, however he lastly ran out of luck when he was bodily drained for his battle in opposition to Kambosos Jr.
Taylor is the favourite on this battle for good cause. He’s fought the higher opposition than Teofimo and is the superior fighter throughout.
“Each have taken steps again; there’s little doubt about it. They’ve each taken steps backward these days, and each most likely deserved to lose their final fights,” stated Teddy Atlas on his The Struggle channel, speaking about Josh Taylor and Teofiimo Lopez.
“How typically have we seen that the place you go into an enormous battle and each fighters most likely misplaced their final fights? They acquired the home remedy, you already know? They acquired the preferential remedy that we discuss.
“Taylor most likely deserved to lose in opposition to [Jack] Catterall and Teofimo versus [Sandor] Martin. They had been each whipped in these fights the place they had been prohibitive favorites however Taylor was really harm a lot worse.
“They simply walked in with no setup notes disguising what their intentions had been. No boxing IQ. Simply coming in and getting caught coming in. It’s not what we got here to count on of them or we thought we anticipated of them of being greater high quality stage athletes performing fighters than simply guys coming in, being sport, and chucking punches.
“Teofimo stored getting caught with the southpaw proper hook of Martin on his method in.
“Taylor can even have that proper hook, able to catch Teofimo coming in identical to Martin caught him. If Teofimo simply appears to come back in chilly with no feint or correct jab or science.
“Teofimo was reaching in lots in his final battle. Taylor was additionally simply strolling in, getting nailed with straight left fingers from the southpaw Catterall.
“After all, Teofimo will not be a southpaw, so maybe that’s going to favor Taylor.
“Josh Taylor has lengthy arms. He ought to look to regulate the skin and pressure or attempt to get Teofimo to achieve in to get him the place he can catch him with some counters as he comes ahead.
“I feel Taylor generally appears for his left uppercut perhaps slightly an excessive amount of. I don’t know however for me, higher be on the lookout for a few of the different punches too. I feel he may simply catch Teofimo coming in.
“Like I stated, pressure Teofimo outdoors, pressure him to make errors, and pressure him to achieve slightly bit, as he did in his final battle [against Martin]. If he does that, I feel Taylor shall be serving himself proper.
“He’ll get an opportunity to perhaps catch him once more in the best way Martin caught him. Teofimo ought to use feints earlier than coming in. In different phrases, knock on the entrance door slightly bit earlier than you simply are available in. Come within the aspect door. Hold Taylor off stability so he can’t time him coming in.
“Teofimo has to battle a managed and disciplined battle, utilizing his snappy jab to arrange mixtures, and never simply on the lookout for one massive punch. He must battle an entire battle, as he did and by no means did once more to that stage in opposition to Lomachenko.
“We thought that we had been watching an awesome fighter once we noticed that and that it by no means fairly materialized to that,” stated Atlas about Teofimo.
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