Josh Taylor, one of Scotland’s many gifted boxers, is yet another great talent to come out of the McGuigan Gym. Verge had a chance to chat to Josh on how it all started through to him defending his WBC Super Silver Lightweight title against veteran Humberto Soto on March 3 2018, at the SEE Hydro in Glasgow.
How easy was it for you to get into boxing?
I’ve always had an interest in Boxing and martial arts. I managed to achieve a blackbelt in Taekwando by the age of the 12 but boxing really interested me. I started to watch the training sessions at Middlebank before wanting to get involved for myself. I was then shown the in’s and outs and I started to realise I had a talent in the sport.
After realising you have a talent, when was it you had to really kick it up a level and consider going professional?
In 2006 I was just taking one fight at a time and learning everyday, then I was selected for the Commonwealth games in 2010 and I walked away with a Silver Medal so thought I can really do something here. I started to set myself new goals like winning the gold medal and to turn professional. I won the Gold in 2014 and signed with Barry (McGuigan) in 2015 before turning professional.
The original goals were met so what challenges did you set next and what were they?
Well I’m still getting use to the media and getting the balance right in amongst my training and staying focussed on the task in hand. The next big goal for me was always going to be World Champion by the end of the year. A task that I know I can achieve.
What’s been the best part about your boxing experience that someone getting into the sport might aspire to?
You really get to test yourself mentally, the sport is demanding and will help you reach fitness goals but more importantly you get to learn about yourself and it can even help with everyday life.
Catch Josh Taylor defend his WBC Super Silver Lightweight title against veteran Humberto Soto on March 3 2018, at the SEE Hydro in Glasgow. Verge wish him the best of luck and hope to see him in a world title fight soon.
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