Josh Taylor has revealed why he left a joint interview with Teofimo Lopez.
Taylor won’t be in the same room as his rival until Thursday’s press conference, but that hasn’t stopped the outspoken Lopez from already testing the Scot’s patience.
So much so that Taylor walked out of a joint video-linked interview with the American.
Talk to Sky Sports NewsTaylor explained: “He’s just talking about absolute waffles, just waffles, it doesn’t make any sense and I can’t be bothered listening to him.
“It’s just boring and you don’t even make sense so I got up and said look I’m away, I’m going to dinner and go to bed, see you June 10th.”
This week, however, ahead of their WBO welterweight title fight live on sky sports at 1 a.m. Sunday morning (June 11), Taylor will face Lopez in person.
“I guess I have to do it this week and I guess I’ll see him at the press conference and the weigh-in. So I’m looking forward to it,” Taylor, the champ, said. “I think he has a lot of nerves and a lot of doubts.
“I think he has a lot of nervous energy. I think it’s all a facade.”
Promoter Top Rank has taken extra precautions for Thursday’s press conference when Taylor and Lopez face off in person for the first time.
Carl Moretti, vice president of boxing operations at Top Rank, said Sky Sports News“This Thursday press conference, we probably spent an extra $5,000 on security because we have to get to Saturday.
“So I think that’s part of the interesting thing. They’ll be physically together so let’s see what happens next. I’m sure they’re not going to be shaking hands and kissing and, ‘How are you? is your trip to New York over?’ I don’t expect that to happen.”
Taylor joked, “The switch can go when I see it, you never know!”
But he insisted he was calm. “I’m nice and relaxed,” Taylor continued. “We’re going to see each other on Saturday anyway.”
Taylor focuses on the actual fight night. “I really feel like it’s a big performance coming in,” he said. “I now have a lot of experience.
“I’ve been in championship fights since about my fifth fight as a professional and I’ve been everywhere and on big stages. I have an abundance of experience on the big stage and on fight nights. I know how it feels, I know how it is. I know how nerves get jittery. I know how you feel before the fight.”
He added: “I feel like I’m finding myself again, the love of sports and the love of going to the gym. I feel like a little kid on Christmas.
“I feel excited about boxing again and I’m starting to appreciate where I am again, my environment, my team as a whole, I’m just comfortable and I have 100% confidence in myself. I’m really happy and relaxed with where I am now and doing really well in the gym.
“I just can’t wait to come in on Saturday and set everything up.”
Watch Josh Taylor vs Teofimo Lopez live on Sky Sports Main Event or Action from 1am on Sunday morning