JOSH TAYLOR is keeping his options open as he prepares to return to the ring later this year.

The 32-year-old will be in Liverpool this week with trainer Joe McNally to review the defeat against Teofimo Lopez last month.

Taylor was a well-fancied favourite going into the super-lightweight sizzler at the Madison Square Garden Theatre. After a positive start Lopez moved into another gear producing the kind of performance that had him earmarked for greatness after beating Vasyl Lomachenko in 2020.

Despite the loss Taylor still has plenty of choices for him to carry on a career which looks to be moving to welterweight. This past week the Scot gave an update to members of the media.

“I’ll be out before the end of the year again, hopefully October or November time. I’ll do what’s best for me. In the last two years after the Jose Ramirez fight, I’ve made deals to please other people. So, it’s time to get back to being selfish again and doing what’s best for me.

“I’ll go down this week to Liverpool, get all my tests done, and go over what went well and what went wrong in the Lopez fight. There were a lot of factors in that camp, things that didn’t go my way. I went into the fight when I maybe shouldn’t have. I should have delayed it four or five weeks.

“But I just wanted to fight. I’d been out of the ring long enough. Now I just have to get straight back on the horse. I’m still the best in the business, believe it or not! If anything, it’s taking all the pressure off me. I can now relax and enjoy boxing again. I can get back to being the hunter and not the hunted.

“That’s where I’m better, when I’m the hunter and back being hungry again. I can be the underdog again and that’s where I’ll thrive.”

Taylor’s future remains filled with potential big fights and domestically there is none grander than a rematch with his arch-rival Jack Catterall. In recent weeks the two competitors who are now firmly enemies have once again been taking shots at one another on social media.

“We’ll see what options are there and what fights I get offered whether at 140lbs or 147lbs,” Taylor said.

“The Catterall fight will be getting revisited again hopefully sooner rather than later. I want it again, just to shut most people up. That will definitely happen again before I retire, that’s for sure. If I stay at 140 then my next fight isn’t going to be a championship fight, so it won’t be championship weight anyway.

“That will work in my favour. But I can still make the weight. I made the weight in New York perfectly, better than at any time in the last few years. So, the weight wasn’t an excuse. We’ll see what happens going forward whether it’s at 140 or 147 or switching between the two.

“Unless I get someone like Regis Prograis who still wants his rematch as well. That could be another title fight at 140. I need to speak to promoters to see what fights are out there and what’s going to be offered to me. I’ve already had half a path carved out for the route we’re going to take when I move up to 147. So, we’ll speak to the lads and the promoters and see what’s happening.”