Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez seemed to have agreed to fight for Josh Taylor's WBO junior welterweight title, on June 10 in New York, according to Mike Coppinger of ESPN.com
The bout comes on the heels of Josh Taylor withdrawing from a rematch with Jack Catterall in a rematch March 4th, a bout that many believe Taylor could’ve lost, but received a favorable split-decision. Taylor postponed his bout with Catterall after he tore his plantar fascia last month.
"We're set on the fight. Teo is set on Josh Taylor like he was set on [Vasiliy] Lomachenko," said David McWater to Mike Coppinger, as the head of Split-T Management and Teofimo Lopez manager further stated. "We don't know yet, but I suspect it's the big room. We almost sold out the big room in December for Sandor Martin."
Lopez returned in 2022 with two wins, a knockout over Pedro Campa, and a lackluster performance against Sandor Martin that he won, but was not all that thrilling.
"Further on down the line, Jack and me can still fight," Taylor said to Sky Sports.” ... "This fight [vs. Lopez] is a much bigger fight than the Catterall fight ... and it's a harder fight. He is a much higher caliber of opponent. He has been at a higher level. He's been in with better fighters. He's done the business."
The fight seems to pit two top-level fighters in the 140 lbs division who are in need of a kick start as both, while extremely are also at the lowest put in their career, despite their success given the circumstance.
"I'd tear him up, from the body to the head, he's not going to know which one I'm going to hurt him with," said Teofimo Lopez of Sky Sports. "A lot of people would like to see me take on Josh Taylor, and I've been calling him out.”