In a thrilling boxing match held in New York, Teofimo Lopez secured a unanimous decision victory over Josh Taylor, clinching the WBO welterweight title. The high-stakes fight took place late Saturday night into the early hours of Sunday, June 11, at the Hulu Theater in Madison Square Garden.
The initial three rounds were evenly matched, with both fighters demonstrating their skills. However, Lopez, the former undisputed lightweight champion, started to take charge as the match progressed. By the end of the fight, the American boxer had nearly total control in the ring. The ninth round saw Lopez unleashing a punishing onslaught on Taylor, who was saved from a knockdown by the ropes.
At the conclusion of the bout, the judges unanimously declared Lopez as the winner with scores of 115-113, 115-113, and 117-111. With this triumph, Lopez snatched the WBO welterweight belt from Taylor, leaving the British boxer at a crossroads regarding his future career.