Former undisputed junior welterweight champion Josh Taylor is still fuming over his unanimous decision loss to Teofimo Lopez, which took place back in June in New York City.
Taylor admits that he prepared vert well for the fight but felt that his body was having issues after four rounds of action.
Lopez, who already tasted defeat at the hands of George Kambosos and was viewed as the underdog, put on boxing clinic as the contest played out.
“I’m still a bit gutted about it all but I’m mostly angry with my performance because I’d prepared really well,” Taylor told the Evening News. “I was knocking out two, three sparring partners and made the weight perfect as well. There were no issues there.
“But I just think it was accumulation of things. I came back after the fourth round and said to my coach ‘my legs are gone’. I wasn’t able to do a lot of running in camp because of my injury with my foot and even when I got to New York I was struggling to sleep. Then there was all the media stuff on fight week as well. But there’s no excuses, he was better than me on the night and I’ve taken the defeat like a man. We move forward.
“Even when I was on my honeymoon, I sat for a couple of days a bit fed up and Danielle was asking what was wrong. But I’ve done my soul searching now, it is what is and it’s time to move on. I now don’t have any pressure on my shoulders whatsoever. I’ve had that since the lead up to the Commonwealth Games in 2014. That expectancy has just increased through the years. It’s kind of a little weight off my shoulders as that pressure is now gone. I’ve been carrying it for ten years.
“I have achieved more than I set out to in the sport so it’s now just about enjoying it. I’ve boxed in America four times as a pro, headlined the bill twice, once in Las Vegas when I became undisputed world champion, and then in June at Madison Square Garden.”
Taylor is now reviewing his future – trying to decide on whether or not he should stay at junior welterweight or head up by seven pounds to the welterweight division.
There are several big fights in either weight class, but at this point in time Taylor would be tabbed as a tremendous underdog against the top welterweights.