News | Jun 25 2018

Boxing News at 5: Josh Taylor could head to America

Josh Taylor and the bane of scorecards. Terry Dooley rounds up the latest boxing news
Josh Taylor
Josh Taylor v Viktor Postol - WBC World Super-Lightweight Title Final Eliminator  |  Action Images/John Clifton

EVERY single promising boxer to emerge from Scotland in recent decades has faced the daunting prospect of being compared to, and having to fill, former lightweight world champion Ken Buchanan’s sizeable boots, and promoter Barry McGuigan has heaped a bit of extra pressure on Josh Taylor by declaring that his man may travel to America to challenge WBC light-welterweight holder Jose Ramirez in the not too distant future.

Buchanan headlined at the legendary Madison Square Garden three times in his 1970s heyday and twice featured on Muhammad Ali undercards en route to becoming that boxing rarity, a fighter from the United Kingdom who was not only accepted but also lauded in the US.

A trip to the States to meet Ramirez would certainly be a statement of further intent from the Edinburgh-based contender, who has been matched to perfection thus far, and the American audience tend to be more receptive to UK fighters if they take the plunge and box over there.