Teófimo López batters Josh Taylor for junior welterweight title in shocker

Teófimo López batters Josh Taylor for junior welterweight title in shocker

Teófimo López became a two-division world champion on Saturday night at Madison Square Garden after handing Josh Taylor the first defeat of his professional career in a significant upset and taking the WBO junior welterweight champion he’d held since 2021.

López took control of the fight in the middle stages, out-throwing and out-landing the former undisputed champion for lengthy stretches before flatly dominating him in the championship rounds and nearly finishing him inside the distance.

Many experts were surprised by the result, and López proved his critics wrong with an exceptional performance that will cement his place as one of the best young boxers in the sport.

“I am so happy to be a two-division world champion,” López said after the fight. “I knew it was going to be a tough fight, but I had confidence in my ability and my training. I want to thank all my fans for their support and for believing in me.”