- Opening boxing odds have Josh Taylor -148 to Teofimo Lopez +116.
- See why we are predicting Josh Taylor to stop Teofimo Lopez on June 10 in NY.
A deal has been struck between Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez for Taylor’s WBO junior welterweight title, with the fight scheduled to take place on June 10 in New York. I give a prediction with both fighters aiming to prove they are still top dogs at 140 pounds.
Taylor vs Lopez Odds
FanDuel Sportsbook has the latest betting odds for Taylor vs Lopez. The line is close with Taylor having a slight edge at -148, to Lopez as a +116 underdog. Given the credibility of Taylor having never lost a fight and Lopez’s power not fully translating at 140-pounds, expect to see Taylor move anywhere from -200 to -280 come fight night.
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Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez Prediction
With a record of 18 wins, 1 loss, and 13 knockouts, Teofimo Lopez is a formidable opponent for Josh Taylor. At just 25 years old, Lopez, who is based in Las Vegas but originally from Brooklyn, New York, presents a significant challenge for Taylor, who is 32 years old with an unblemished record of 19 wins and 13 knockouts.
If Taylor were to emerge victorious in this highly anticipated bout, he stands to gain even more from the victory due to the level of competition posed by Lopez.
In his first world title fight against Josh Taylor, Jack Catterall delivered a remarkable performance that caught many off guard, despite the controversial split decision loss.
While Catterall’s skill and potential are undeniable, Teofimo Lopez’s name recognition and international appeal make him a more compelling opponent for Taylor. While a rematch between Taylor and Catterall would be an all-British affair, it lacks the broader appeal that comes with Lopez’s involvement, which could attract a wider global audience.
For Lopez to defeat Taylor he will have to hone in his career-defining performance against Vasiliy Lomachenko. Lopez will need to significantly improve upon his drab performance in his most recent fight against Martin in December if he hopes to compete in a division that, while not as stacked with talent as welterweight, still boasts impressive competition.
When Taylor and Lopez are at their best they can be some of the most technical and smartest boxers in the world. We know Lopez has it in him, once he doesn’t fall in love with his power and forgets to outsmart Taylor.
In Taylor’s last fight against Catterall, he struggled to land clean shots and was caught too easily in his previous fights, believes that his size and experience give him an advantage over Lopez. It’s possible that Taylor’s assessment is accurate and his attributes could play a crucial role in the outcome of the fight.
Lopez’s power and explosiveness would be a threat to Taylor, but Taylor’s technical skills and ring IQ would be a challenge for Lopez to overcome. Ultimately, it would likely come down to who can impose their will on the other and land the cleaner, more effective punches.
Key strengths for Taylor will be his speedy jab and for Lopez, it will be timing the left hook and maintaining that power shots for the right moment. This fight should be absolute fireworks and I expect both fighters to go out on their shields in New York on June 10.
Betting Pick: Taylor by stoppage rounds 8-10
Bob Arum Doesn’t Know if Taylor or Lopez “Has it Anymore”
Bob Arum has confessed that he is uncertain about how to assess one of the most high-profile fights on his promotional company’s schedule.
Bob Arum, the founder of Top Rank Inc., is confident that the Taylor vs. Lopez fight on June 10th will attract both ticket sales and viewership on ESPN. However, Arum finds it challenging to predict the outcome of the fight due to the fighters’ performances in their recent bouts.
“I don’t know,” Arum told BoxingScene.com. “I don’t know what Teofimo has anymore. And really, I don’t know what Taylor has anymore. You know, this is not like you can predict the fight based on guys who fight frequently. Teofimo has been a little disappointing, in his last fight and in two of his last three fights. And Taylor didn’t look great against Catterall. Hopefully for this fight, they both can present the public with their top-flight self.”
Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez FAQ
When is the Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez fight?
The Taylor vs Lopez fight is scheduled for June 10 at the Hulu Theatre in New York.
What titles will be on the line for Taylor vs Lopez?
Josh Taylor’s WBO junior welterweight title will be on the line.
Where can I watch Taylor vs Lopez?
You can watch Taylor vs Lopez live on ESPN/ESPN+.
What are the latest Taylor vs Lopez betting odds?
Current betting odds are in favor of Josh Taylor -148 against Teofimo Lopez +116.