Teofimo López is crowned in the WBO junior welterweight

Teófimo López seized the title in a second category on Saturday, defeating Josh Taylor by unanimous decision, who lost his undefeated status.

López, a former lightweight champion, is now the World Boxing Organization (WBO) junior welterweight champion.

The Honduran-ancestry fighter hadn’t looked good recently, after moving up to the 140-pound division. However, he delivered a superb performance at Madison Square Garden, with punches that were faster and more solid than those landed by the champion.

“Josh Taylor is a tough guy. I can see why he has beaten so many boxers,” Lopez stated. “But one has to counterattack who knows how to do it. You have to be smarter and get in there. I made it and I think I did enough. That’s what it was about.”

López 19-1) won 115-113 on the scorecards of two judges and 117-111 on the scorecard of the third. He threw power shots during the final round, hoping to land a knockout that would make those cards unnecessary.

In December, he had scored a split decision win. The match was so lackluster that a camera caught the fighter asking if he had made it.

This time, there was no doubt. He looked like the boxer who had won multiple versions of the 135-pound title. The most outstanding was the one that derived from the victory against Vasiliy Lomachenko, before falling to George Kambosos Jr. in November 2021.

In the Saturday fight, The Associated Press score was 117-111 in favor of López.

Taylor (19-1), a former undisputed 140-pound champion, lost his only remaining belt. The Scotsman had chosen not to keep the other three as he sought revenge after beating Jack Catterall by split decision in February 2022.

The lawsuit was postponed and Taylor later decided on the fight with Lopez

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