Teofimo Lopez explains why he won’t fight Josh Taylor in the UK

Teofimo Lopez is willing to move up in weight to fight Josh Taylor – but he won't travel to the UK for a super-fight.

The lightweight world champion has been touted as a potential future opponent for Taylor after the Scotsman became undisputed at light-welterweight on Saturday night.

And while Lopez would relish a clash with the Brit, he draws the line at coming to his home city of Edinburgh.

Speaking to Mirror Fighting ahead of his first title defence against George Kambosos Jr on June 19 as part of Triller Fight Club, Lopez said: "I won't take that fight in the UK.

"Not because I don't believe I would beat him in the UK, it's just that I can see how much of the animosity there is from folks caring that I'm 'not undisputed' at 135, so I could just see the favouritism over there.

"That fight will be somewhere over here, but at the end of the day I'm slowly becoming a cash cow in this division and these guys can make a better paycheque fighting me where I choose.

"I do eventually want to fight in the UK, however, I don't want to five anybody the upper hand over me, I've done that numerous times so the whole thing now is about playing my cards right.

"But I do want to make those fights happen, though."

Lopez was watching as Taylor took home all the belts at 140lb on Saturday night in Vegas by defeating Jose Ramirez via unanimous decision.

He admitted Taylor's performance did impress him, and despite being willing to face the undefeated Edinburgh champion, Lopez is concerned that he may not want the fight.

"I've been so focused on myself lately," he added. "I don't focus on the competition that's around -just put them in front of me and I'll beat them, that's my whole thing.

"Josh Taylor did what he had to do, it was a great fight and a great event, kudos to him and Top Rank on what they did.

"The whole thing now is about making those type of fights happen and hopefully these guys are willing to step up, because at the end of the day 16 fights in I haven't said no to one fight that was given to me.

"I'm a man of my word and I carry my balls very tight when I go into that ring, but I can just sense the urgency of them not wanting to fight me.

"They're already talking about moving up to 147lb, so the whole thing is I just want to take these things one fight at a time and hopefully we can make the fight happen.

"I'm undisputed at 135, Josh Taylor is undisputed at 140, we can make that fight happen and Teofimo Lopez can become the two-time undisputed world champion back-to-back; it's the GOAT."

Source: Read Full Article