Teofimo Lopez DOMINATES Josh Taylor at Madison Square Garden to claim Scottish fighter’s unbeaten record and WBO super lightweight world belt
- Josh Taylor showed signs of ring rust in New York after being out for 15 months
- Teofimo Lopez clinched the Scot’s unbeaten record with a unanimous points win
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Teofimo Lopez is champion again.
Less than two years after relinquishing his unified lightweight crown, the 25-year-old Brooklyn native reignited his career on Saturday with a near-flawless unanimous decision win over Scotland’s Josh Taylor (19-1 ).
In doing so, he not only won the WBO junior welterweight title from Taylor, but instantly quenched the doubts that had been growing about his stalled career over the past few years.
There were no knockdowns to speak of, but nearly every facet of the fight belonged to Lopez (19-1), who landed more than 138 power punches for the night, compared to just 60 for Taylor.
Taylor’s only victory was that he managed to stay on his feet, even though he was choked by Lopez in the final moments.
Josh Taylor (right) had been out of the ring for 15 months and it showed at MSG on Saturday
Brooklyn-born Teofimo Lopez (left) passed Taylor via a unanimous points decision in New York
Lopez receives applause from the partisan crowd after the seventh round of the fight
Taylor (left) tries to block a right hook from Lopez during the pair’s title fight
The referee watches Taylor (left) and Lopez trade blows during the fight in New York
UFC legend Israel Adesanya was among the crowd at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden