Josh Taylor still intends to move up to the welterweight division, but not before taking at least two more junior welterweight fights.

Taylor plans to defeat Teofimo Lopez in their fight for his WBO 140-pound championship June 10 in New York. Then he’ll attempt to reschedule his rematch with Jack Catterall, whom Taylor barely beat by split decision in February 2022.

The Scottish southpaw thinks thereafter he could be ready to make his debut at the 147-pound limit. The 32-year-old Taylor discussed his aspirations with Brian Custer during a recent episode of Custer’s “The Last Stand Podcast,” which is available on YouTube.

“That’s still definitely a goal, to move up to 147 and challenge for the title up there as well,” Taylor said. “I mean, it doesn’t necessarily have to be [Terence] ‘Bud’ Crawford. It’s whoever’s got the titles. So, by the time I move up to 147, ‘Bud’ might not have the title that he’s got. And [Errol] Spence may not have the titles. They may have shifted hands by then. But when I move up to 147, I’m aiming to become a world champion at 147. So, whoever’s got the belts is whoever I wanna fight, and I can beat ‘em all.”

Taylor has fought at or near the junior welterweight limit of 140 pounds for all but one fight since he made his pro debut in July 2015. He struggled to make weight for his fight with Catterall (26-1, 13 KOs), but Taylor attributes those difficulties to celebrating too much and remaining out of the gym too long after he defeated Jose Ramirez to become boxing’s fully unified 140-pound champion in May 2021.

He met with weight management experts and nutritionists after the Catterall fight to better learn how to get down to 140 pounds again. Taylor told Custer he’s “not sure” how much longer he can remain at that weight.

“You know, I can do it,” Taylor said. “I can definitely do it. And will it be a struggle? Absolutely. I would be lying to say it’s not a struggle. It is a struggle, but I can do it. I’ve had all the tests on my body composition done and all that. … I can do it, and I can do it safely. So, the last time I was just a little bit still on [Mount] Everest.”

Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) will box Brooklyn’s Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs) in a 12-round main event ESPN will broadcast from The Theater at Madison Square Garden. Oddsmakers slightly favor Taylor by less than a 2-1 margin to beat Lopez, a former unified lightweight champion who is the mandatory challenger for the only 140-pound title Taylor still holds.

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.