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Ross Pilcher

Josh Taylor in Easter Road title fight night 'talks' with Teofimo Lopez set to take on Tartan Tornado at Hibs' home

Josh Taylor is reportedly in talks over a massive fight night at Easter Road against Teofimo Lopez.

The Tartan Tornado was set for a rematch with Jack Catterall after his controversial split decision victory over the Englishman last year. But Taylor tore a plantar fascia last month, meaning the eagerly anticipated do over with Catterall was postponed. And now it might have to take a backseat with Top Ranking getting close to a deal which will see Taylor finally get in the ring with long-time rival Lopez for the Junior Welterweight title.

ESPN claim that Scotland's capital city could be in for a big night of boxing for the first time in years. Hibs fan Taylor has always said his dream is to fight on the esplanade at Edinburgh Castle. But with bosses at the historic landmark seemingly not too keen on hosting boxing events, Easter Road is next on Taylor’s bucket list, and it looks like he could get his wish if a contract to face Lopez is rubber stamped. Potential dates for the fight include 27 May and 3 June.

Lopez and Taylor have not been shy when its come to trash talk over the years. The American vowed rto knock Taylor out after he beat Sandor Martin back in December, afterwards insisting he;d love to fight Taylor in the Scotsman’s backyard.

He told Sky Sports: "I'd tear him up, from the body to the head, he's not going to know which one I'm going to hurt him with. A lot of people would like to see me take on Josh Taylor, and I've been calling him out.

"Especially to do it out there in the U.K., I really want to experience that. ... I actually will put him down better than what Catterall did. He won't come back up, that's all I can tell you."

Taylor however, is convinced he’d had too much for Lopez, who he branded a “clown.” He said: "He is a very good, very skilled fighter, but I do believe that on my night I take him to bits. He's a bit of a clown. He seems to look past his opponents all the time. It's twice he's made the same mistake and almost paid the price for it again.

"He thinks he's God's gift, and then he comes crashing back down to Earth with a bang. ... Let's not forget, he did very well to beat Lomachenko, but he beat a small, injured lightweight that really could make featherweight."


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