Feature | Premium | Jan 10 2020

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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US promotional powerhouse Top Rank have announced the signing of Josh Taylor, the unified WBA and IBF super-lightweight world champion and one of the rising stars in the sport. Cyclone Promotions dispute him signing an agreement with another promoter but Taylor has stated publicly that he has terminated his contract with Cyclone. The move to Top Rank brings him into the same promotional stable as Jose Ramirez, the WBO and WBO super-light titlist. Previously Taylor spoke to John Dennen about precisely what his ambitions in the sport are.

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.

 

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