WBO super lightweight champion (up to 63.5 kg) and ex-owner of all division belts Briton Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) will have his next fight on June 10 in New York (USA) with a local ex-absolute division below Teofimo Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs). This is reported
ESPN with reference to insider data.
The resource claims that the fight will take place in the sports complex Madison Square Garden. Company Top Rank trying to assess the scale of the event in order to make the final decision – to fight on the main arena MSG (more than 20 thousand places) or on a small (Hulu Theater / about 5.5 thousand).
The news has already been confirmed by Lopez’s manager. He, of course, mentioned Vasily Lomachenko: “Theo is already on Taylor’s tail. Exactly the same as it was with Loma. We don’t know exactly which arena we will fight in, but we assume that it’s still on the main one. Indeed, in December with Sandor Martin, we filled it almost to capacity.
Taylor was scheduled to rematch compatriot Jack Catterall, whom he controversially beaten last year. But he referred to the injury, and then rumors spread about the fight with Lopez.
In the meantime, the American Arnold Barbosa offered the fight to Catterall. Another option for Jack is to fight for the WBC belt with the US champion Regis Prograis.
It became known about the replacement of the opponent for the top lightweight talent (up to 61.2 kg) American Kishon Davis (7-0, 5 KOs). Instead of the African Emmanuel Tagoe (32-2, 15 KOs), the fight with the Olympic medalist was taken by the participant World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) Anthony Yigit (26-2-1, 10 KOs) from Sweden will fight on April 8 in Newark (USA).
The main event of the show is the WBC eliminator in the same weight division between Shakur Stevenson (USA) and Shuichiro Yoshino (Japan). The co-main event is a fight between heavyweight prospect Jared Anderson (USA) and an undefeated opponent.