By Mark Eisner: Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez meet up tonight in the primary occasion LIVE on ESPN and ESPN+ on the Hula Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard in New York. IBF mild welterweight champion Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) needs to punish Teofimo (18-1, 13 KOs) for a few of the outrageous issues he’s stated about him. The occasion begins at 10:00 p.m. ET.
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- Undefeated heavyweight prospect Damian Knyba (12-0, 7 KOs) had his method with grizzled veteran Helaman Olguin (9-6-1, 4 KOs), beating him by a one-sided eight spherical unanimous determination to remain unbeaten. The judges scored it 79-73, 79-73, and 79-73.
- Featherweight prospect Bruce Carrington (8-0, 5 KOs) received the stoppage of Luis Porozo (16-7, 9 KOs) within the eighth spherical. The referee determined he’d seen sufficient and stepped in and halted the competition. The time of the stoppage was at 2:17.
- Light-weight contender Henry Lebron (18-0, 10 KOs) beat Carlos Ramos (17-3, 10 KOs) by a 10-round unanimous determination. Ramos was knocked down twice within the struggle, hitting the deck within the eighth and tenth. The scores had been 97-91, 98-90, and 98-90.
Preview: Within the chief help bout, junior middleweight Xander Zayas (15-0, 10 KO) shall be going through Ronald Cruz (18-2-1, 12 KO) in a ten spherical struggle. Light-weight Jamaine Ortiz has been scratched from the cardboard due him having weight points.
Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez
Xander Zayas vs. Ronald Cruz
Robson Conceicao vs. Nicolas Polanco
Omar Rosario vs. Jan Carlos Rivera
Damian Knyba vs. Helaman Olguin
Bruce Carrington vs. Luis Porozo
Henry Lebron vs. Carlos Ramos
“It depends upon his efficiency. In different phrases, let’s assume that he loses the struggle, however his efficiency is excellent. He’s not in with chop liver, proper? He’s in with an actual nice skilled, top-of-the-line junior welterweights ever,” stated Bob Arum to Fighthype, discussing Teofimo Lopez’s problem of WBO mild welterweight champion Josh Taylor.
“So if he [Teofimo] loses, however performs properly, no, you don’t write him off. If he goes in there and doesn’t carry out properly, then you’ve got a number of questions.
“He had Derek Harmon. I despatched him right down to Florida to ensure every thing was going properly, and his experiences again to me had been very excited he was a prime mild heavyweight. So he can decide. He thought Teofimo was nice within the fitness center, sparring with good guys and actually severe and dealing arduous.
“Nicely, they received Triller concerned, after which they had been ‘sensible guys’ with the purse bid and all of that stuff, they usually went off the monitor. As soon as these fighters turn out to be businessmen moderately than sticking to what they know finest, which is combating, the tendency is for them to go off the monitor, and I feel that’s what occurred to Teofimo in his loss to Kambosos.
“He didn’t look so nice in his final struggle towards Sandor Martin, however let’s see. I consider he’s going to be on monitor. He higher be as a result of Josh Taylor is a hell of a fighter.
“I can’t have an effect on, and I wouldn’t have an effect on the end result. So whoever wins just isn’t in my fingers. Whoever wins will take and can improve his profession, and we’ll make the very best struggle attainable for him.
“So I don’t look, ‘Oh Jesus, I hope this man wins, or that man wins, as a result of this could be higher, that could be higher.’ That’s out of my fingers, and I don’t hope both method.
“Nicely, what’s he ready for? After all, it’s not too late. Every thing marches on, and other people bear in mind his excellent win over Lomachenko, however additionally they bear in mind him getting beat by Kambosos. So you realize, he’s received to get the absolute best struggle accessible, and with out query, that’s Taylor.
“No extra monkeying round. The followers lose persistence. They wish to see these fighters struggle the very best accessible guys, and there’s no query about it for Teofimo, the very best accessible man is Josh Taylor,” stated Arum.