Josh Taylor Highlights - The Tartan Tornado
Josh Taylor AKA “The Tartan Tornado” is a 29 year ole, Scottish boxer. He is the current IBF, WBA (Super), WBC Diamond and The Ring Light Welterweight Champion.
The 5ft 10in turned pro in 2015 after a successful amateur career where he won a Commonwealth Youth Games Silver Medal in 2008, Commonwealth Games 2010 Silver and Commonwealth Games Gold in 2014. Taylor also fought in the 2012 Olympics, he defeated Brazil’s Robson Conceição who went on to win gold at the 2016 Olympics. Taylor then lost to a former world champion, Domenico Valentino.
Taylor made his pro debut in Texas on the undercard of Carl Frampton vs Alejandro Gonzalez Jr. Taylor got off to a fast start and earned himself a second round knockout victory against Archie Weah. 5 knockouts later and Taylor had earned his first title shot for the vacant Commonwealth Light Welterweight strap against Derby’s former WBC International and Commonwealth champion, Dave Ryan. Taylor broke down Ryan inside 5 rounds to claim the title. He would then go on to defeat the undefeated Ohara Davies in 7 rounds to take his WBC Silver title and to defend his Commonwealth strap. In his next fight he would defeat a former world champion and Canelo foe (who only lost to him by Split Decision), Miguel Vazquez. Taylor intelligently broke down the Mexican to earn a 9th round stoppage victory. Taylor then fought Ukraine’s former WBC World Champion, Viktor Postol. After putting Postol down in the tenth round, Taylor won via unanimous decision. Taylor then entered the World Boxing Super Series. In the quarter final he beat USA’s Ryan Martin inside 7. In the semis, Taylor became a world champion defeating IBF Champ, Ivan Baranchyk, flooring the champiok twice in the sixth round. In his last bout he went to war with Regis Prograis to claim the Ali Trophy in the final of the WBSS as well as Prograis’ WBA (Super) and WBC Diamond Light Welterweight titles as well as The Ring Magazine title.