“JOSH TAYLOR is not your typical 12-fight fighter,” said commentator Al Bernstein in the early going of the Scot’s wild and wonderful 12-round points victory over Viktor Postol in Glasgow. And so it proved.
It’s true that the scorecards in Taylor’s favour (119-108, 118-110, 117-110) told a one-sided tale on a two-sided fight, but they should not be allowed to interfere with the truth: Taylor deserved his victory as he defeated one of the best super-lightweights in the world.
This was always going to be a gamble for the 27-year-old and the uncertainty increased at the sound of the opening bell. As Taylor swung wildly with his left, the composure of his accomplished opponent was evident. Controlling ring centre and bouncing with the kind of ambition that belied both the odds against him and his advancing years, Postol, 34, expertly found the space to fire a right hand into the favourite’s stomach.