JOSH Taylor will defend his WBO super-lightweight title against former unified lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez TONIGHT in New York.
This mouthwatering world title bout comes as the Scot’s first fight since his triumph over Jack Catterall at the start of 2022.
Taylor became the UK’s first undisputed champion in the four-belt era following his victory against Jose Ramirez in 2021 to unify the IBF, WBA, WBO and WBC 140lbs titles.
Lopez shocked the world in 2020 at the MGM Grand when he beat Vasyl Lomachenko to become the unified lightweight champion of the world.
The Brooklyn native then lost in his first defence of the titles by way of split decision against George Kambosos Jr at Madison Square Garden at the end of 2021.
Teofimo Lopez called out Josh Taylor following his triumph over Pedro Campa in August 2022.
When is Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez?
- Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez will take place on Saturday, June 10.
- The main event is scheduled to get underway at 4am BST.
- The main card is set to start at 1am BST.
- Madison Square Garden is the venue.
What channel is Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez on and can it be live streamed?
- Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.
- Sky Sports subscribers can live stream Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez via the NOW app which is free to download onto your mobile or tablet device.
- Alternatively, you can keep up to date with all the action from Madison Square Garden by following SunSport’s live blog.
Who is on the Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez undercard?
Here are all the confirmed fights on the card so far:
- Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez (WBO super-lightweight championship)
- Xander Zayas vs. Ronald Cruz
- Jamaine Ortiz vs. Humberto Galindo
- Robson Conceicao vs. Nicolas Polanco
- Henry Lebron vs. Carlos Ramos
- Omar Rosario vs. Jan Carlos Rivera
- Bruce Carrington vs. Luis Porozo
- Damian Knyba vs. Helaman Olguin
What’s been said?
Josh Taylor told Sky Sports: “[Lopez] was a unified world champion at lightweight.
“He will say he was undisputed champion but unfortunately he wasn’t.
“He should have been technically but he wasn’t. So I’ll wind him up about that.
“He’s got a great style. You’ve got to give credit where credit’s due.
“He went out and beat Lomachenko who at the time was one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet and he went out and won.
“He’s a very good fighter. Stylistically I think it’s a very good fight for myself as well with the way he comes to fight.
“He comes looking for you and doesn’t take a backwards step. He’s a very aggressive, front-foot pressure fighter.”
Lopez told Sky Sports in December: “A lot of people would like to see me take on Josh Taylor, and I’ve been calling him out.
“I actually will put him down better than what Catterall did. He won’t come back up, that’s all I can tell you.”