WBO junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor is facing Teofimo Lopez on June 10th, and if he wins, he will be keeping a close eye on the Terence Crawford-Errol Spence Jr. fight on July 29th.
After winning a controversial decision over a year ago against Jack Catterall, Taylor changed up his team and vowed to return to form against Lopez on June 10th.
“For the time that I’ve had off the ring, I’ve been in the gym all this time…I’ve had a lot of things going on outside the ring, obviously, with injury and creating a new team around me, new coaches and fill new teams. So taking my time to do all that so that I can ensure that.
So I’ve made the right decision, the right team, and got the right people around me. And now that helped bring out my 100% capability. So, yeah, I’m happy where I am and buzzing for next week.”
Taylor, who has teased a move up to 147 pounds, says he’ll be watching the Spence-Crawford fight closely as a “boxing fan and a potential future opponent.”
“I think that’s a great fight. It’s been a long time coming. These two guys are the two best in the division, they have been for some time now. And, yeah, it’s finally been made, which is good for the sport of boxing.
And, yeah, I think it’s a real interesting fight. I’ll be watching that both as a boxing fan and a potential future opponent as well. So, yeah, I’ll be really interested in watching that fight. I think it’s a great fight. I think there’s guides of the two best. So, yeah, it’s a really interesting fight.”
Taylor believes Crawford may have the edge against Spence.
“I think Errol Spence is very methodical and sharp. He sticks to the basics really, but I just think that Crawford has got a little bit more to his game. He’s got a little bit more repertoire in his pocket.”
“He can box with the front foot and the back foot. He can sort of do it. Also, I think he’s just got a little bit more to his game and I think he is the best at the minute of the two of them”
Before Crawford/Spence, Taylor has to take care of business against Lopez on June 10th on ESPN.