Giovanni Lorenzo: "I Want To Fight Taylor To Get My #1 Ranking"
Undefeated WBC #2 middleweight contender Giovanni Lorenzo has informed his promoter Main Events that he would like to challenge recently installed WBC #1 challenger Jermain Taylor, it was announced by Main Events CEO Kathy Duva. In its latest rankings the WBC dropped Lorenzo to #2 and installed Taylor in the #1 spot..
“Jermain has been a great champion and I don’t have a problem with the WBC installing him at #1,” said Lorenzo. “He beat Hopkins twice and beat Winky Wright so he has earned that respect. However, I have heard that he is considering taking an interim bout before fighting the Pavlik rematch. If that’s true I want to be his opponent because I’d like the opportunity to earn back my number one ranking and become Pavlik’s mandatory.”
“We have already reached out for DiBella Entertainment and HBO to see if Taylor would be interested in facing Lorenzo in a WBC title eliminator should he decide to take an interim fight prior to exercising his right to a Pavlik rematch,” said Duva. “Giovanni is eager for the showdown and for the right to earn an eventual shot against the recognized middleweight champion Pavlik.”
Lorenzo (25-0, 17 KO’s) has won his last seven bouts by knockout. The 27-year-old Washington Heights, NY resident by way of Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic is a heavy-handed boxer who has stopped 14 opponents within the first three rounds.