Scottish hope Josh Taylor has become one of Britain’s hottest boxing prospects in recent years after a supreme surge in superb performances and he will soon aim to shine again on home soil. The East Lothian-born fighter is tipped to reach the very top of the sport after rising to prominence with his explosive and highly impressive showings across the UK.
His most notable and admirable outing to date came in his domestic dust-up with long-standing bitter rival Ohara Davies on Scottish soil earlier this year. The 26-year-old earned a sublime stoppage triumph over the trash-talking Londoner in front of a sold-out Glasgow audience in July.
The former Scotland amateur star continued his unbeaten professional record by halting Davies inside seven rounds, putting on a masterful performance before forcing the English capital foe to quit from the constant punishment.
Next up for the world title hopeful is a promising match-up against experienced veteran Mexican Miguel Vazquez in Edinburgh.
In the latest boxing odds from bet365, Scotland’s latest fighting prospect Taylor will enter his next bout on home soil as the 1/40 frontrunner to prevail and secure yet another impressive victory over a tough opponent.
Taylor is a part of famous Irish fighter Barry McGuigan’s promotional stable, Cyclone Promotions. With the recent absence of Northern Ireland’s two-weight world champion Carl Frampton along with fellow prospect Conrad Cummings, the Scot is now the biggest hope within the stable.
The Scottish southpaw has racked up 10 straight victories in his professional career so far, with nine of those being via stoppage wins too. He is quickly rising up the ladder and looks set to be pushing for a world title shot, potentially in 2018. But he will first have to deal with the threat of Mexican veteran Vazquez in his own backyard, who could be a testing opponent for him at the Royal Highland Centre in his latest pro outing. The ageing former IBF lightweight titleholder has vast experience and is seemingly a stern foe for the younger Taylor this time around.
But after overcoming Davies with a sublime showing, Taylor is riding high on confidence and has the needed momentum to once again produce a dominant performance on Scottish territory.
The up and coming British talent has previously outlined a potential passing of the torch encounter with compatriot Ricky Burns in the near future, although the latter was recently dispatched by Manchester’s Anthony Crolla in their intriguing meeting.
Taylor is within a light-welterweight division that now looks much more promising after the departure of former dominant force Terence Crawford, who has since moved up to 147lbs and vacated all of his earlier held belts.
So, there is much hope and expectations on Taylor’s young shoulders at this early stage of his pro career as he attempts to become a world champion in 2018.
Before that, his rampant rise to prominence will continue further this month too if he can get the better of his latest Mexican foe in style.