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Teofimo Lopez credits his father for his title winning effort over Josh Taylor

Teofimo Lopez. Photo credit: Mikey Williams/Top Rank

WBO and Ring Magazine junior welterweight champion Teofimo Lopez 19-1 (13) has revealed the changes he made to his technique in his training camp at the behest of his father and trainer Teofimo Lopez Sr that helped him secure victory over previously undefeated Josh Taylor 19-1 (13) at Madison Square Garden on Saturday night.

The 25-year-old from Brooklyn was the busier fighter throughout the night, breaking Taylor’s rhythm and getting stronger as the ropes went on.

It was a remarkable performance from the former WBA, WBO and IBF lightweight champion, who had failed to set the world on fire in his previous two bouts at 140-pounds.

At the conclusion of the 12 rounds the scorecards were surprisingly close at 115-113, 115-113 and 117-111. Many observers felt Lopez won the fight going away.

All credit for the result, says Lopez, should go to his father.

“What helped the best was that he figured out the problem,” Lopez said on The Porter Way Podcast.

“He was looking at a sparring I did with [former WBA welterweight champion Yordenis] Ugas. When I was sparring with Ugas he noticed, ‘Wait, you wasn’t throwing a punch [every two seconds.]’ So that was the problem. I had to throw a punch every two seconds. Meaning like a jab or something, just so I can stop the fighter from doing what he was doing.

“But it was actually only good when I was facing [Vasiliy] Lomachenko. But it doesn’t work for every other fighter. You know, Loma, he moves around a lot, you gotta be active with him.

“But all these other fighters, they were just trying to wait on me and trying to counter. I’m the best counterpuncher in the game. I’m kingpin in that. That’s what we was missing and he took that away from me.

“After he figured that out watching film, my sparrings from when I was younger – that actually happened like three weeks before my fight. And I thank God so much because he gave the blueprint and it took so much of the pressure out of me to always think about throwing a punch because then I’m not analysing the fighter and I’m not studying his moves, I’m not feinting, I’m not doing nothing but throwing jabs and trying to stay on that consistent throw-a-punch-every-two-seconds.”

Lopez, who has since announced his plan to retire from the sport after his victory over the 32-year-old Scotsman, also credited divine intervention for his win.

“God does talk to us in miraculous ways and it really worked that way for him and what are the chances?” Lopez said. “I probably would’ve lost yesterday if we didn’t fix it.

“That’s why I didn’t want to leave my father because I knew there was something that we weren’t connecting with but that we could fix it in due time. Just gotta have faith in it.”