Josh Taylor wants to demonstrate that Jack Catterall's achievement was an outlier.
On June 10 in New York City, Teofimo Lopez and the former fully unified 140-pound champion from Scotland will face off at either Madison Square Garden or the Garden's smaller sibling venue, the Hulu Theater.
Originally, Taylor was scheduled to face England's Catterall in a rematch of their contentious undisputed title battle from the previous year, which Taylor won on points. The rematch, however, was repeatedly postponed, with the most recent one occurring last month after Taylor allegedly sustained a foot injury. (torn plantar fascia).
The Scotsman will now try to make a statement against Brooklyn's Lopez, the former unified lightweight champion, rather than continue his pursuit of a matchup with Catterall.
Taylor broke off his relationship with trainer Ben Davison and joined forces with Joe McNally following his erratic display against Catterall.
The southpaw Taylor recently promised to go back to his "old ways" and the manner in which he won all four major 140-pound championships. Taylor, who is renowned for his dynamism and aggression, thought his style was being compromised under Davison.
“Yeah, just getting back to my old self,” Taylor told iD Boxing. “You know I just felt like before I … sort of felt my style was trying to get changed a little bit. I kind of got caught between two styles and stuff and I just felt like I was getting taken away from what my best attributes are a little bit too much. I just felt like at the end I needed to change something, I needed to change.
“That’s nothing to do anything with Ben or anything like that, I’ve learned a lot from Ben as well, and he improved me in a lot of ways as well. I improved a lot under Ben too and learned new things from Benn too, it’s just that I was getting steered away from what my style is and what my attributes are, getting changed instead of adding, that sort of thing. And I just felt like I had to change, I had to change my whole surroundings.”