Top Rank’s Bob Arum has said that a bout between Josh Taylor and Teofimo Lopez is ‘close to being agreed’.

Arum provided the update in an interview with iD Boxing on Thursday.

The news comes a day after the WBO officially ordered Taylor to defend his super-lightweight title versus Brooklyn’s Lopez.

“It is very close to being agreed. The site is up in the air, I think there’s a possibility ir goes to New York, or Las Vegas, or maybe even the UK”, said Arum.

“We’ll have to sort that out but we promote both fighters and we know what they’re thinking and hope we’ll be able to land it in the place that makes the most sense in the fighters.”

Taylor was initially set to face Jack Catterall in a highly-anticipated rematch on March 4th before the Scot was forced to pull out with injury.

The second fight was originally being planned for June before news broke last week that negotiations were now advanced with Lopez.

Taylor won a controversial split-decision over Catterall in February last year. Photo by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER.

“We couldn’t it [the rematch] for the title. Once the WBO ruled that Josh had to fight Teofimo, we couldn’t do a title fight [versus Catterall].

“The fact you couldn’t do a title fight with Taylor and Catterall meant that the value of the fight had diminished.

“So, Jack should take another fight and im sure the winner of Taylor and Teofimo would be happy to agree to fight Catterall next.”

Chorley’s Catterall will feature on BOXXER‘s card at Manchester’s AO Arena on March 25th.

An opponent is yet to be confirmed. Watch iD Boxing’s full interview with Arum here.

[Featured image by Lawrence Lustig/BOXXER].

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