Teofimo Lopez is concentrating on a UK showdown with Josh Taylor and believes he would cease his rival.
Lopez is the primary contender to Taylor’s WBO tremendous light-weight crown, the one remaining belt the Scot has after vacating his IBF, WBC and WBA titles forward of a rematch with Jack Catterall subsequent yr.
The previous undisputed champion was dropped earlier than securing a controversial break up determination win over Catterall in February and Lopez, who campaigns for the second time at 140lbs on Saturday against Sandor Martin in New York, insists he’s keen to face his Prime Rank promotional stablemate in his personal yard.
“I’d tear him up, from the physique to the top, he’s not going to know which one I’m going to harm him with,” the 25-year-old told Sky Sports News.
“It’s going to be an incredible night time. I actually consider that I’ll knock him out too.
“I really will put him down higher than what Catterall did. He received’t come again up, that’s all I can let you know guys.
“Lots of people wish to see me tackle Josh Taylor, and I’ve been calling him out.
“Particularly to do it on the market within the UK, I actually need to expertise that.
“I have to expertise it and department out within the sense of giving my love again to the UK – I’m getting a lot from the UK it’s time that we give it again.”
The Brooklyn native halted Pedro Campa within the seventh spherical in his maiden bout at tremendous light-weight in August, having moved up in weight after dropping his unified light-weight titles in a shock loss to George Kambosos Jr.
’The Takeover’ was set to face former two-weight world champion, Jose Pedraza, though he withdrew by sickness with Martin, who has a career-best scalp over Mikey Garcia on his report, stepping in at Madison Sq. Backyard.
“We don’t overlook any fighter,” he added.
“Pedraza, he undoubtedly has a resume of his personal, however issues occur and I’m glad the way in which it turned out – for the betterment of my profession and for everybody else on the market.
“Everybody’s been speaking about this battle, the WBC really declared this as an eliminator, and take a look at it now, we’re getting it earlier.
“Christmas got here early for everybody out right here.”