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“Do I still have it?” Teofimo Lopez asked the fans at The Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden after a dominant unanimous decision victory over Josh Taylor to become the new WBO junior welterweight champion Saturday night. It was a question he asked six months ago when he beat Sandor Martin in an uninspired performance. 

He knew the answer. 

Lopez dismantled, befuddled and dominated Taylor en route to the win. Although two of the scorecards had the fight 115-113, it appeared that the former unified lightweight champion dominated with a scintillating combination of speed, timing and catlike reflexes. 

There were questions about whether Lopez (19-1, 13 KOs) was a one-hit wonder following his stunning decision victory over Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020. He followed that victory with a stunning loss to George Kambosos and then turned in a pair of uninspired performances against Pedro Campa and Martin. Some believed that he was affected by his life outside the ring as his behavior in interviews teetered on bizarre. 

But in his sanctuary inside the squared circle, Lopez was absolutely stellar this night as he routinely slammed right hands and uppercuts into Taylor. After a tedious first round, Lopez began to take control by timing Taylor’s advances and picking him off with right hands whenever he drew close. Taylor attempted to impose his size on Lopez, but the 25-year-old routinely skated away and avoided damage with slick upper-body movement. 

With the fight slowly getting away from Taylor, Lopez sensed his opponent’s frustration and put a stamp on his performance by landing a leaping left hand in the eighth round that landed flush. From that point, Taylor was discouraged and taken completely out of the fight. 

Even with the fight seemingly in control, Lopez refused to take the final round off and throttled his Scottish opponent with a bevy of uppercuts, body shots and thudding combinations that nearly ended the fight. 

It turns out that he needed that final round to become a two-division world champion. 

Lopez can now lay claim to being the new king of the 140-pound weight class, but heavy is the head that wears the crown. Regis Prograis, Ryan Garcia, Rolly Romero and current undisputed lightweight champion Devin Haney are all options for “The Takeover.”

But if anybody thought Lopez had fallen off, they got their answer. 

The Sporting News updated the results from the Taylor-Lopez card throughout the night.

Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez full card

Main card

  • Teofimo Lopez def. Josh Taylor via unanimous decision (115-113, 115-113, 117-111) for the WBO and Ring super lightweight titles.
  • Xander Zayas def. Ronald Cruz via unanimous decision (80-71, 80-71, 80-71).

Prelims

  • Robson Conceicao vs. Nicolas Polanco ends in no-decision (accidental head-butt).
  • Omar Rosario def. Jan Carlos Rivera via unanimous decision (77-75, 77-75, 77-75).
  • Bruce Carrington def. Luis Porozo via 8th-round TKO (2:17).

When is Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez?

Region Date Main Card Start Time Main Event Ring Walks (approx.)
USA and Canada (ET) Saturday, June 10 10 p.m. ET 11:15 p.m. ET
USA and Canada (PT) Saturday, June 10 7 p.m. PT 8:15 p.m. PT
U.K. and Ireland Sunday, June 11 3 a.m. BST 4:15 a.m. BST
Australia Sunday, June 11 12 p.m. AEST 1:15 p.m. AEST

Taylor vs. Lopez is scheduled for Saturday, June 10. The main card starts at 10 p.m. ET (7 p.m. PT, 3 a.m. BST, noon AEST).

Both fighters should make their way to the ring around 11:15 p.m. ET (8:15 p.m. PT, 4:15 a.m. BST, 1:15 p.m. AEST), depending on how long the undercard fights last. 

How to watch Josh Taylor vs. Teofimo Lopez

Region TV channel Live streaming
United States ESPN ESPN+
Canada TSN+
UK and Ireland Sky Sports
Australia Main Event on Kayo



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