Teofimo Lopez Considers Retirement Following Win Over Josh Taylor
The boxing world was left in shock after Teofimo Lopez claimed he was considering retiring from the sport following his points victory over Josh Taylor. The Scotsman had been hoping to defend his world title and maintain his unbeaten record, but it wasn’t to be as Lopez secured a unanimous decision win at Madison Square Garden.
Taylor admitted that he was “devastated” by the defeat, which marked his first loss in 20 fights. Despite calling for a rematch, it seems unlikely that Lopez will accept the challenge, as he revealed that retirement could be on the cards instead:
“What’s next? Maybe retirement. I think I need to take some time. I really want to help the kids out in the boxing world. But we’ll think about it.”
Lopez went on to explain that there were too many factors weighing on him and causing stress – including pressure from family and fans – and suggested that he wasn’t receiving enough support:
“You know, I think that’s what happens when you’re great, and people hate. But there’s too much on my family, too much on people that I love, and these are the things I thought about.”
The fight itself saw Taylor make an impressive start before Lopez took control in the second half of proceedings. The Brooklyn native ultimately emerged victorious with scores of 115-113 (x2) and 117-111 securing him a WBO super-lightweight belt.
Lopez spoke after the bout about how sticking to his game-plan helped him secure such an important victory:
“To stick and move [was the game-plan]. I knew he was going to be aggressor…And you guys don’t understand. I’m very smart in there, I’m Einstein man. I’m very smart. I’m intelligent.”
At just 25 years old, with seven world titles to his name, Lopez is already one of the sport’s biggest names. Whether he decides to hang up his gloves or not remains to be seen.
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