Teofimo Lopez has by no means been brief on confidence however as his showdown in opposition to Josh Taylor will get a bit nearer, his assured angle has grown to hubris. This upcoming weekend, on the Hulu Theater in New York’s Madison Sq. Backyard, Lopez will look to turn into a two-division champion.
Lengthy earlier than the 2 agreed to phrases for his or her tremendous light-weight conflict, Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs) has at all times believed that Taylor has just about no probability in opposition to him. Tim Bradley, however, after sifting by hours of recreation tape from each fighters, wholeheartedly disagrees with Lopez’s assertion.
“He loses,” mentioned Bradley to Ok.O. Artist Sports activities when requested if he believes that Lopez has what it takes to choose up the win. “Josh Taylor is a canine man.”
From 2018-2021, Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) loved a great deal of success. Over that point span, the Scottish native not solely took on 5 consecutive undefeated opponents however he additionally absolutely unified the division. But, when he was ostensibly on the prime of his recreation, Jack Catterall gave the undisputed titlist a harsh wake-up name. Though their showdown did not lead to Taylor really shedding his titles, the controversial scorecards left a bitter style in his mouth.
From there, Catterall publicly ripped Taylor, claiming that the 32-year-old wasn’t an actual champion. Admittedly, Catterall’s criticism, paired with the skin noise, pressured Taylor into an uncomfortable place. In an try and lure Catterall again into the ring and show that his phrases had been mendacious, Taylor dropped three of his 4 titles to keep away from the countless parade of necessary challengers. Nonetheless, regardless of relinquishing his undisputed throne, the 2 had been unable to hammer out a deal for a right away sequel.
Based on Bradley, Taylor’s must show himself isn’t the one motive why Lopez could have a disastrous evening.
Since transferring up in weight, Lopez might have reeled off two consecutive victories however his general performances have been lackluster. As Bradley takes a protracted and robust have a look at the remainder of the tremendous light-weight division’s elite, he surmises that whether or not it’s Taylor or one of many division’s higher echelons, Lopez merely received’t be capable to compete.
“He’s pet food for the highest 140s.”