The Undisputed Champion Josh Taylor Aims a Dominant Performance Against Teofimo Lopez
On the upcoming fight, former undisputed super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor is looking to deliver a powerful performance against his opponent, Teofimo Lopez. The two fighters will face each other at Madison Square Garden Theatre this weekend in a WBO 140lb title fight. According to Taylor, he predicts winning by knockout early in the match.
Taylor’s confidence stems from his record of never losing in the ring and aims to make an emphatic statement against an opponent who became a three-belt unified champion at lightweight after upsetting Vasiliy Lomachenko.
If successful with his prediction, it would re-establish him as one of the most dominant champions in boxing today. “The way I think he’s going to fight, we’ll put him out of there early,” says Taylor. “But if it goes the other way, which I think it might do as well, it’ll be a boxing match.”
Taylor Prepares for His Fight with New Trainer Joe McNally
This will be Joshua’s first fight with new trainer Joe McNally but remains confident that he can recover his best form after controversially defeating Jack Catterall last time out.
“I’ve got my mojo back now,” said Joshua during. “I feel like I’m unlocking my full potential and improving on bits of my game that need improvement.”
Mind Games Begin Before Fight Week Between Fighters
This week leading up to the fight in New York will further fuel Taylor’s motivation. The war of words between him and Lopez has been ongoing, with Taylor finding his opponent’s personality “a little bit irritating.”
“You’ve run your mouth for a couple of years; now you’re going to pay for it,” said Joshua regarding the verbal jousting between them.
Taylor expects some mind games from Lopez but remains unfazed as he believes that he can get into his head and manipulate him. “I’m not really too bothered about it” says Joshua.
Fighting at Madison Square Garden Brings Significant Memories
Madison Square Garden holds greater significance for Josh Taylor than any other venue because of countryman and mentor Ken Buchanan who fought his most famous fights there. As Joshua makes his way through the corridors towards the ring, he will think about some legendary fights held at this historic venue.
The upcoming fight promises to be one of those matches people will talk about long after it is over, with both fighters determined to come out on top against their worthy opponent Teofimo Lopez.
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