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Teofimo Lopez: “I want to kill Josh Taylor”

Teofimo Lopez Sr (left) with his son Teofimo Lopez Jr

As he prepares for his first fight this year, former unified lightweight champion Teofimo ‘The Takeover’ Lopez 18-1 (13) has made some disturbing comments about his opponent, WBO junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 19-0 (13) at Madison Square Garden in New York City on June 10.

Barbs have been thrown both ways in the lead up to the bout, but Lopez may well have crossed a line in many fans’ eyes with his most recent comments.

Speaking about his approach to boxing, Lopez referenced the recent death of Kenneth Egano, a 22-year-old Filipino boxer who died earlier this month after being injured in the ring.

“This is a kill or be killed sport,” Lopez told Punch Drunk Boxing. “I mean someone just passed away [on] May 6th – kid was 22 years old – just passed away, and I said it like it is.

“I want to kill Josh Taylor. What the fuck does that mean? People, [tell me], like, ‘Let’s get back to boxing.’ But that is boxing. That is what we signed up for. You’re probably going to lose your life. What does that mean? If I’mma die in that ring, at least I’mma die with some dignity and some integrity. I went out there like a warrior and the champs that we are. That’s what I know. That’s what I signed up for. Boxing today is the gladiator days back then. A lot of people don’t know that because they don’t know boxing.”

Lopez went on to make a comparison between Taylor and Vasiliy Lomachenko 17-3 (11), who he defeated by unanimous decision in Las Vegas in October 2020.

“When I fought [Vasiliy Lomachenko in 2020], I took his heart, especially in that 12th round… boom, I won the fight,” Lopez said. “With Taylor, he don’t got no heart. So what can I really take from this man? His life. His life. The only way I’mma make a statement is by doing that. I’m not sorry about that.”

“I know people are going to twist my words again on this one. But you know something? I don’t give a flying fuck. I don’t care because this is the sport that we are in. and it sucks to see so many pass away, especially some young ones.”

The 25-year-old Lopez from Brooklyn has not fought since his split decision win over Sandor Martin 40-3 (13) at Madison Square Garden last December. Lopez was down in round two and struggled at times to catch up with his mobile opponent, causing some fans to criticise his performance and question where he is at with his career.

Lopez moved up to the 140-pound division after losing his WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight titles to Australia’s George Kambosos Jr 20-2 (10) by split decision in November 2021.