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Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez consider future career moves

Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez/ Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

The future for both Josh Taylor and his conqueror Teofimo Lopez remains up in the air. For one, it looks like a move up in weight. For the other, there is consideration of retirement.

Former WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion Lopez 19-1 (13) scored a unanimous decision victory over Scotland’s Taylor 19-1 (13) to claim the WBO and Ring magazine junior welterweight championships at Madison Square Garden in New York City on Saturday night. The scores were 116-112 and 115-113 twice.

According to two of the judges, if Taylor won one of the last two rounds he would have salvaged his titles with a draw. If he won both, he would have emerged victorious.

Taylor was downbeat reflecting on his first professional loss.

“The last two rounds are the championship rounds and I never done enough, so it is what it is,” Scottish southpaw Taylor. 32, told Sky Sports. “The better man won on the night, I just wasn’t the best, far from it.

“It is what it is, I’m absolutely devastated, but we’ll come again. He’s the champion and I’d love to do it again. I know I can win and I know I can beat him, but tonight he was the better man so I’ve got no excuses.

“I’d love to fight him again and fight him again back home. Why not? But the ball is in his court, he’s the champion.

“I’d love to do it again but I’ll most likely move up to welterweight now. I’ve been saying it for ages, and the move up to welter is imminent, so I could do 140 again, but I’d be more comfortable at 147.”

The 25-year-old Lopez from Brooklyn believe he doesn’t get the respect he deserves after beating the number one guy in two separate weight classes – Taylor at 140-pounds and Vasiliy Lomachenko at 135-pounds.

Lopez told Sky Sports: “What’s next? Maybe retirement. I think I need to take some time. I really want to help the kids out in the boxing world. But we’ll think about it.

“I’ve done a lot in my sport and I don’t really get loved enough from my end.

“You know, I think that’s what happens when you’re great, and people hate. But there’s too much on my family, too much on people that I love, and these are the things I thought about.

“That’s why I came out here and gave it my all tonight.”

As for the Taylor fight itself, Lopez said he went in with a game plan and stuck with it.

“I’m feeling like the double greatest. I just want to thank God for this glorified win, I can’t do this without him, he leads the way for me. That’s my leader. With that being said, are you not entertained?” Lopez said.

“To stick and move [was the game plan]. I knew he was going to be the aggressor. I knew he was going to use his weight on me.

“And you guys don’t understand. I’m very smart in there, I’m Einstein man. I’m very smart. I’m intelligent. I’m only 25, seven-time world champion, two-time lineal world champion, technically a two-time undisputed world champion and I’m grateful for it all.”