Feature | Premium | Nov 29 2019

Josh Taylor on Regis Prograis, Jose Ramirez and what’s next

Just 'a wee man from Prestonpans' is surely now the finest fighter in Britain. Josh Taylor speaks to John Dennen about his breakthrough moment and what comes next
Josh Taylor
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IT’S a mystery, sometimes, the way that boxers just know how to cope. One eye, badly swollen, was shutting closed and Josh Taylor still had rounds left in his furious world title clash with Regis Prograis at the O2 last month.

“Round eight, round nine was when I really couldn’t properly see,” Taylor recalled. “The last three rounds I was fighting with one eye. So all the boxing went out the window. I had to change the way I was fighting as well. I couldn’t even see my own jab going in. I was getting hit with shots in the last couple of rounds that I couldn’t see coming.

“If you can’t see it coming, that’s when you really have a problem. I had to change the way I was fighting, moving around a little bit more. And keep him on the left side so I could sort of see him.”

Josh Taylor
Taylor has to cope with a gruesome eye injury Action Images/Reuters/Andrew Couldridge

 

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