Teofimo Lopez shuts down his critics, resets his profession with win over Taylor


Teofimo Lopez relaunched “the Takerover” together with his junior welterweight championship successful efficiency at The Hulu Theater at Madison Sq. Backyard on June 10. (Picture by Mikey Williams/High Rank Inc through Getty Pictures)

On Saturday, just like the proverbial phoenix rising from the flames, Teofimo Lopez damned his critics by wrestling The Ring and WBO junior welterweight title away from Josh Taylor’s grasp.

Lopez, nonetheless solely 25, was a 6/5 (+120) underdog coming into the battle however after three rounds he started to undergo the gears, discovering his groove and for giant swathes of the center portion of the battle he dominated Taylor in startling style, snapping the defending champion’s head again with pinpoint accuracy. This was notably true in spherical 9, when he labored Taylor over and had him harm.

The robust Scot had his moments. He’s too good to not. However these have been fleeting moments, and by the point the championship rounds arrived if felt as if “The Takeover” was in full impact.

Taylor responded nicely, however Lopez, like he did in opposition to then pound-for-pound king Vasily Lomachenko in October, 2020, closed strongly.

On the finish, it appeared clear who the victor was. Lopez outlanded Taylor 152-82 and was justly awarded the unanimous choice 117-111, 115-113 (twice). The latter two scorecards have been too shut for consolation. It was stunning to listen to that had Lopez not gained the twelfth spherical on two of the judges scorecards, he wouldn’t have gained the battle.

Curiously, Lopez, who moved to 19-1 (13 knockouts) with this win is 19-0 beneath the High Rank banner, the lone loss was on a Matchroom present in opposition to George Kambosos Jr.

Finally, Lopez reminded us simply how uncommon a expertise he’s.

The Ring topped him Prospect of The Yr in 2018. He adopted that by impressively taking out battle-hardened Richard Commey in two-rounds to assert the IBF title after which stunning Lomachenko to turn into undisputed light-weight champion.

He endured a very troublesome 2021 with the oft-postponed Triller battle with Kambosos Jr. during which he misplaced. The collapse of his marriage and an often-tumultuous relationship together with his father added extra drama to his life.

The bounce again wasn’t almost as spectacular, beating fringe contender Pedro Campa (TKO 7) and struggling the ignominy of getting off the canvas in an actual battle to controversially edge previous Sandor Martin (SD 10) final December. That led to even him asking himself ‘do I nonetheless have it?.’

He regarded to have seen higher days. That’s to not say Taylor, who was coming of 16-month hiatus after getting married and struggling a foot damage, regarded lower than spectacular struggling previous Jack Catterall in February 2022.

Nonetheless, coming into the competition Taylor was universally picked by the consultants in The Ring’s Battle Picks by a margin of 21-0. The consensus was that whereas Teofimo was undoubtedly gifted, he’s additionally erratic.

This author wrote in that article that “by way of pure expertise Teofimo was a 9 or a 7 relying what model confirmed up, whereas Taylor was a steadier 8. I imagine the much less hectic life-style would win Taylor the battle.”

Seems Lopez introduced him A recreation.

It appears that evidently being pressed and challenged together with his again in opposition to the wall brings out the most effective in Lopez. The world is as soon as once more his oyster.

Within the warmth of the second after the win Lopez promptly stated he retired, however he’ll be again. Very similar to Tyson Fury, Lopez wants boxing. It’s his drug of alternative, the joys of it boasts his ego.

Now we have to see if he can kick on or if he’ll undergo an identical drop off like he did in opposition to Kambosos.

The choices are wealthy and bountiful:

A battle in opposition to undisputed light-weight champion Devin Haney can be massively interesting.

A attainable rematch with Taylor, who stated he’d like a second go-around, can also be attainable. Though one wonders whether or not Taylor will resolve to maneuver as much as welterweight. He’s toyed with the thought of some time, and now at 32 it might be time.

Personally, I’d prefer to see him face Jose Ramirez. I feel it will be simple to make as each are promoted by High Rank. It could be an enormous occasion and I feel the battle would ship. If the most effective model of Lopez turns up, I feel Ramirez can be made to order but when he took his eye off the ball Ramirez has the model and work ethic to be a nightmare of Lopez.

There’s additionally the likes of WBC titlist Regis Prograis, IBF ruler Subriel Matias, uber in style Ryan Garcia, an extended simmering grudge match with Arnold Barboza and many others.

However, for now, Lopez can indulge in ramming this win down the naysayers’ throats – and there have been a number of us. Nicely performed, Teofimo. You as soon as once more confirmed us why they need to battle the fights.

See additionally:

Battle Picks – Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez


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