EDINBURGH super-lightweight Josh Taylor had expected to face Humberto Soto tonight (March 3) in Glasgow, Scotland, and would have anticipated a certain type of fight – long, gruelling, a test of his character and credentials. Instead, he made do with Soto’s replacement, Winston Campos, and expertly cut the Nicaraguan down to size in round three, successfully retaining his WBC Silver title in the process.
Thirty-seven-year-old Soto, a former two-weight world champion, would presumably have taken Taylor rounds, got in his face, roughed him up, perhaps even taught him a trick or two. But, unfortunately, the Mexican was cut in one of his final sparring sessions and withdrew from the fight last weekend.
In stepped Campos, then, his replacement, who boasted a 30-3-5 professional record, was a southpaw, and was seemingly fresher at the age of 25. He was also, however, a serious step down from Soto in pretty much every other department. He lacked Soto’s experience, for one; he lacked his pedigree and world title wins; he also lacked his durability. In fact, the only two times Campos had set foot outside his homeland he had suffered defeat (stopped first by Edgar Puerta in Mexico and then by Ismael Barroso in Costa Rica). This didn’t bode well.