Josh Taylor Profile
|Born||Jan 02, 1991|
|Birthplace||Edinburgh, Scotland, UK|
|Division||Junior Welterweight Limit: 140 Pounds|
Known as the “Tartan Tornado”, Scotland’s Josh Taylor is the unified junior welterweight world champion, currently in possession of the WBA (Super), WBC, BF, WBO, and Ring magazine titles.
Boasting an unbeaten professional record (19-0), the Top Rank fighter emerged as a major player in the junior welterweight division in 2018, claiming an impressive unanimous decision over the former world champion, Viktor Postol.
Taylor followed that success up by claiming not one, but two world titles in 2019, first defeating Ivan Baranchyk for the IBF title in May, before adding the WBC strap in the final of the World Boxing Super Series five months later with a battling majority decision win over Regis Prograis at the O2 Arena.
Under the experienced guidance of Top Rank, and now trained by Ben Davison following a split with Shane McGuigan, Taylor became undisputed champion at 140 pounds by beating Jose Ramirez on points.
The Scot now has his sights with some serious players both north, and south of the 140lb division, including Terence Crawford and Teofimo Lopez.
Who will Taylor fight next?
Having beat Jose Ramirez on May 22 to become Scotland's first undisputed champion since Ken Buchanan in 1971, Taylor is destined for only big fights going forward.
On February 26, Taylor made the first defence of his world titles with a split decision win over Jack Catterall in Glasgow although it was deemed as hugely controversial.
Despite calls for a rematch, Taylor was adamant that he had done enough to win and hinted that it would be his last fight at 140lbs with a move to welterweight likely.
The greatest hits
Despite being just 17 fights into his professional career, Taylor has already ensured his place in the Scottish boxing hall of fame following a truly rapid rise to prominence in the junior welterweight weight class.
In just his 13th paid fight, Taylor retained his WBC Silver title in defeating former world champion, Viktor Postol by a well-deserved, unanimous decision.
Postol, a winner over notable names including Lucas Matthysse, had just one blot on his fighting resume, that of a unanimous decision loss to Terence Crawford.
However, despite boasting far more experience than the Scot, Taylor would emerge with the unanimous verdict - 118-110, 117-110 and 119-108.
Following that dominant display, Taylor would complete 2018 with an impressive 7th round TKO of US challenger Ryan Martin with an expertly placed liver shot, in that, the 3rd defence of the aforementioned Silver title.
However, while fans were certainly beginning to take notice of the Scotsman's rapid advancement up the ranks, it wasn't until 2019 that Taylor would truly emerge as a genuine sporting star.
Competing in the World Boxing Super Series tournament, Taylor floored champion Baranchyk twice en-route to claiming the IBF world title while simultaneously booking his place in the Super Series final.
With little to separate the two fighters in the opening stanzas, Taylor began to take control of the fight towards the middle rounds and decked the champion twice in the sixth.
Roared on by a fervent Scottish crowd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, and despite a brave resistance from the Belarussian champion, affectionately known as "The Beast", Taylor was able to demonstrate his impressive range of skills, dictating the fight in the championship rounds as he picked off his over-matched opponent with accurate and precise punching.
In what was described as a coming of age performance, 'The Tartan Tornado' earned a unanimous decision verdict over the hardened Belarusian with scores of 117-109 and 115-111 twice following a dominant and skilled display.
With the IBF title in the bag, and a place in the final of the Super Series secured, Taylor would next face the WBA champion Regis Prograis in a unification showdown. From the outset, this clash of champions had the feel of a genuine pick-em fight with both fighters entering the contest, protecting unbeaten records.
While the American Prograis came in as a slight betting favourite, it would be Taylor who would emerge victorious following a thrilling majority decision verdict, with the judges scoring it 114-114, 115-113, 117-112 in the Scotsman's favour.
Prograis had started the bout in composed fashion, the "Tartan Tornado" turned on the heat as the contest edged into the decisive championship rounds, hurting the American with solid blows in each of the eighth, ninth and 10th rounds.
In a fight where both combatants had shown their class, this was a truly memorable occasion at the O2 Arena.
Despite Taylor deserved of the judge's verdict, a right eye that had been swollen completely shut, illustrated the ferocity of the combat that the Scot had endured during 12 punishing rounds with the skilled American.
Only four years into his professional career, Taylor had emerged as a two-time world champion and the third ever winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy and with it, a place in the hearts of Scottish fight fans for years to come.
How to watch Josh Taylor
Previously fighting under Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions, Taylor's early bouts first appeared on Channel 5 with his rapid rise ensuring his topping of the bill in both Sky Sports and Sky Box Office presentations (much to Dereck Chisora's chagrin).
However, following a somewhat acrimonious split with McGuigan, Taylor left and signed a multi-fight deal with Bob Arum's Top Rank Boxing. ESPN and Sky Sports are the channels to watch his fights in America and the UK.
A junior taekwondo champion, Taylor turned his attention to boxing at the age of 15. Having spent a short period at the Meadowbank AVC, Taylor then moved onto Lochend ABC under the tutelage of coach Terry McCormack of Edinburgh.
In what would develop into an impressive amateur career, Taylor would go on to represent his country at the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi where the young Scot earned a silver medal following a decision loss to Thomas Stalker in the lightweight final.
Stepping up a level in 2012, Taylor successfully qualified for the 2012 Olympics in London, becoming the first Scot to qualify for an Olympics at the lightweight level since Dick McTaggart, who won gold in Melbourne in 1956 and bronze in the 1960 Rome games.
Unfortunately, Taylor was unable to match McTaggart's achievements, suffering an early exit in the round of 16 to 2nd seed, Domenico Valentino.
The Scot would again represent his country in the Commonwealth games of 2014, this time at light-welterweight where Taylor would avenge his silver of 2010 by picking up the gold, defeating Junias Jonas of Namibia in the final.
Prior to his move into the professional ranks, Taylor built up an impressive resume as an amateur, competing in over 150 fights at European, World and Olympic level.
Josh Taylor's net worth
Despite a relatively short career, Taylor has already earned some decent money in the sport with a reported net worth approaching Â£3.5million.
Having picked up an estimated Â£1million for his bouts with Prograis and Apinun Khongsong, the Scotsman is now set for some significant paydays having recently signed a deal with Top Rank and ESPN, as well as an advisory contract with MTK Global.
With a Las Vegas showdown with Jose Ramirez scheduled for May 2021, Taylor can expect the biggest payday of his career to date with future bouts against the likes of Lopez, Spence or Crawford sure to offer seriously lucrative rewards for the unbeaten Scot.
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