Josh Taylor calls out next opponent, wants to become two-weight champion

Josh Taylor has already cemented his legacy in boxing.

A world champion after 15 fights, World Boxing Super Series triumph followed in his next bout against Regis Prograis in his next bout in 2019.

The best was yet to come.

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This year, Taylor unified the junior welterweight division in his 18th contest, flooring Jose Ramirez twice on his way to a points victory in Las Vegas.

Adding the WBC and WBO to his WBA and WBO crowns, the "Tartan Tornado" is the first undisputed champion from Scotland since Ken Buchanan since 1971.

Taylor's stock is at an all-time high and he is not short of mega-fights, especially in America now that he is represented by Bob Arum's Top Rank.

"I'd like to become a two-weight world champion. I would love to move up to welterweight and challenge for a world title up there and really be touted as one of the greatest fighters to ever do it from these shores," Taylor said at Tuesday's press conference in London.

"I think I can win that fight with Terence Crawford as well. But I'm not really in a rush. The ball's in my court now and I will fight when I'm ready to fight.

"I believe in my own ability. I have been doubted my whole career. It's always, 'he's a good fighter but…', there is always a 'but' at the end of it. It's an easy fight to happen [Crawford] because he's under Top Rank, I'm under Top Rank, so it's all in-house," Taylor said.

"Give me my props, I'm undisputed world champion, what do you mean 'but'? I've beaten everyone on the way up, I've beaten the best on the way up as well.

"I am getting the recognition now and rightly so. I have been kind of under the radar for most of my career, letting the results do the talking and now the results are shouting out what I've achieved. It's about time.

"The only discussion would be where it is, that's the only obstacle we have: is it in Scotland or is it in America?

"Personally I would love it in America again but if it comes to Scotland, even better. I would love to re-do what I just did but properly, with the fans and with my family and friends there to celebrate and enjoy it."

Taylor questions world title fight

Taylor is just the fifth male fighter after Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk to hold four world titles simultaneously.

This weekend, Gervonta Davis moves up to 140lbs and challenges Mario Barrios for the WBA 'regular' junior welterweight championship - the same division of Taylor.

"Tank", who blasted out Leo Santa Cruz in his previous fight at lightweight, is an odds on favourite with Planet Sport Bet to chalk up another victory in Atlanta.

Despite Davis' fierce reputation within the boxing fraternity, Taylor is not impressed at the billing of the fight.

"How can there be a world title fight on Saturday in this division that doesn't include me? Whoever wins on Saturday night can't call themselves a world champion."

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Taylor's euphoria at conquering his classification following a unanimous decision in the Nevada desert on May 22 (against Ramirez) was swiftly tempered by a rather subdued homecoming.

Returning to the town of Prestonpans around eight miles east of the Scottish capital - in the mood for a party, the 30-year-old was forced into a disheartening period of self-isolation because of Covid-19 regulations.

"My mum and my missus came to the airport to see me, so I gave them a big cuddle but I had to jump in the car and go straight home and isolate," he said.

"I never really got to embrace them so it was pretty sh*t that week because it was like, 'I've just done this and I have to sit in the house and stare at four walls'."

"I was on top of Mount Everest and I wanted to have a party and a celebration and I felt like I was in a ditch, in a slump, back down to earth with a bang. I was out doing the gardening. I was kind of fed up.

"I'd just achieved the best thing in my life and wasn't able to celebrate. People wanted to come and see me; my home town was out in Prestonpans but I couldn't get out and embrace it.

"I was just waving in the car and I felt, 'this should have been one of the best and most memorable moments in my life and it's been tarnished by all of this sh*t'."

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