AIR DATE: May 10 2021 07:31UTC
EPISODE: Episode 28
Josh Taylor | Neil the Deal | Talkin Fight
Josh Taylor is a Scottish professional boxer. He is a unified light-welterweight champion, having held the WBA, IBF, and Ring magazine titles since 2019. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth light-welterweight title from 2016 to 2017.
Hello boxing fans around the world welcome once again another episode of neil a deal featuring neil the deal himself here on talk and fight.
I understand we’re talking about a young young fighter and uh josh taylor, hello, yep.
That is correct.
Graham, yes, we are going to be talking about josh taylor, but, like we were just mentioning, so i hope you guys all had a great weekend.
I certainly did thanks for coming out talking fight fans, hope you enjoyed the canelo uh billy, joe saunders fight on the weekend quite interesting.
We had that little convo on friday in regards we weren’t too far off but like we were talking earlier on, graham yeah, so uh he did get injured in the fight and, yes it it they.
They definitely had to throw in the towel on that one.
For him, just quick we’ll talk about that.
Just quick, i guess eh yeah.
Why not yeah? He had to uh yeah they they had to throw in the towel for him because he got injured.
He had an orbital bone break and and apparently he’s he kind of still wanted to fight.
I guess, but against uh doctor’s orders he basically uh he had to throw in the towel, but canelo was up on all the cards.
Anyways looks like he was taking over the fight big time and then that uppercut came through, and that was basically it right then and there so that was it.
So thanks a lot guys we’re gon na talk uh a little bit about josh taylor.
Tonight, one of my buddies out of scotland, the pride of scotland josh taylor got ta like that love it so uh josh taylor, his nickname.
I love his nickname too.
It’S the tartan tornado, the tartan tornado.
I like it.
Every scotsman has a good tartan right.
So he’s the tornado, tartan tornado, that’s a good one! I really like that so josh taylor, he was uh born january.
2Nd 1991 makes him 30 years old and he was born in edinburgh, scotland, united kingdom, so he’s from that famous town in scotland and uh he fights in the super lightweight division.
His uh present career has gone from 2015 to present he’s an active present fighter and he’s ranked as the world’s best active super lightweight right now.
So that’s why we’re talking about him? We’Re gon na uh he’s got a big fight coming up this month so later on, in the show we’ll give you a little bit of information in regards to that.
So he’s also ranked the ninth best active boxer pound for pound right now, so he’s uh he’s pretty heavy duty for to be uh to be ninth in the world active pound for pound and uh being super lightweight, that’s pretty good yeah he’s also presently the unified Uh super lightweight champion, holding the wba super ibf and ring magazine titles which he acquired there back in 2018 and 2019.
So he is presently a unified world champion.
Congratulations to josh! That’S awesome and uh apparently he’s very he’s he’s very, very famous in scotland because of that you know, he’s probably scotland’s best fighter.
You know coming out coming out of scotland, so everybody loves them over there and uh, and i like them too, so he has a.
He has a wicked style if you’ve ever seen him fight guys.
If you haven’t check out some of these josh taylor, fights we’ll go through a bunch of them later on, but he has power.
He’S uh he’s got power in both hands.
The one thing i really like about him is he’s a very accurate puncher.
If you watch him during during his fights he’s he he throws excellent combinations but he’s very accurate with his punching uh.
He has a really good job he’s knocked guys out strictly with his job and and i’ll tell you, he’s got a he’s like canelo.
Almost he’s got a vicious body, uh punching repertoire.
He really likes to work the body on these guys and uh, and then he seems to be able to put the combinations together to get the knockout.
So he’s a pretty well-rounded fighter and uh he’s, like i say, he’s a world champion.
So that’s why he is a world champion.
He’S he’s got everything going for himself right now, so we started boxing at 15 years old and as an amateur i don’t have any amateur totals on him for his amateur bouts, but a bunch of awards that he won as an amateur back in 2008.
He won a silver medal at the commonwealth youth games as a lightweight and uh.
In 2010 he won a silver medal at the commonwealth games uh as a lightweight as well, so back to back 2008.
He won a gold medal, so he bopped it up.
There in 2014, at the commonwealth games as a light welterweight, he moved up one division and he won the gold medal there.
He also qualified for scotland in the 2012 summer olympic games, but he did not uh meddle, unfortunately, but uh he qualified.
So that’s good.
You know anytime, he can get into a position to be in the olympic games.
I’M sure that’s uh, that’s something that he’ll never forget and uh, and anybody who’s been involved with the olympic games.
It’S it’s just a fantastic uh, amateur tournament, the best in the world.
The best always shows up so he was involved in that, so his pro totals he’s got great pro totals graham he uh.
He turned pro in 2015, like i was saying and he’s had 17 bouts to date, of which he has 17 wins.
He’S undefeated right on got ta, say: uh 17-0 he’s got 13 knockouts of those 17 wins and uh.
That gives him a knockout percentage of 76.
So, like i was saying, he’s got uh he’s got some good hands.
You know he can uh.
He can definitely take him down and uh and he has so in 2015.
He originally signed with barry mcguigan’s cyclone promotions.
I don’t know if you guys remember, barry mcguigan.
Do you remember him? Graham, oh hello, graham, are you there today? Well, we’ve lost.
Graham sorry, i’m back, i’m back no worries.
No is this house? Can you ever heard of barry mcguigan uh heard of him uh? I couldn’t give his full bio right now, though.
No, no he’s uh he’s a ex world champion like big time back in the uh, 70s and 80s.
I believe and uh.
Now he has a production company, uh and uh called cyclone productions, but in recently the last few fights i i believe that he signed with bob arum’s top rank, so he’s he’s stepped it up a notch.
I guess with that.
He uh prime, primarily josh primarily fought in england, uh, ireland and scotland in all his fights pretty much to date.
He’S only had two fights in the united states, but his upcoming fight will be in in the states.
So he’s always seems it’s it’s like.
We always talk about that.
You know these guys, they they seem to fight in their own country or you know relatively close to their country, the asian fighters, fight in asia, the australian fighters, fight in the oceana pacific divisions and down in you know down there in australia and and so uh.
These english fighters, they seem to fight, you know: scotland, england, wales, they they’re all in there.
So in 2000, in october 2016 he won the commonwealth light welterweight title in only his seventh bout, which is pretty good seven.
He was 7-0 and he won the uh, the commonwealth title right off the hop so july 2017.
He won the wbc silver lightweight.
Title keeps moving up, may uh 2019.
He won the ibf super lightweight title, so his first uh world title right there in may 2019 and then in october 2019 he added the wba super and ring magazine, like uh super lightweight titles, to his uh to his to his collection.
So he’s uh he’s definitely moved up in class and he’s fought some pretty notable guys guys if you want to check out some of these fights.
These are some of the fights that i checked out that i really liked of his and uh.
Do you want to check them out, though, i’m sure you’re going to like them as well? The first one was uh josh taylor versus dave ryan.
I really like dave that dave ryan fight.
He also fought uh a guy named victor postol, who we’ve talked about before victor postel.
That was a fantastic fight and then just recently a couple of fights ago, i saw him fighting against a guy named regis, poor, grannis, regis, pogranus and uh.
That was a really good fight that was uh.
That was the most recent fight that was in uh, i believe the october 2019 fight – and that was one of those super series fights, i believe too hey.
I remember they have those super series where they bring all the all the combatants together and they kind of have a round robin type of thing, so he was involved in the super series too.
So basically, he has his biggest fight of of his life.
Literally this month, biggest fight of his life uh may 22nd 2021 against the wbo and wbc champion jose ramirez, who we had talked about on an earlier episode: who’s, a fantastic fighter himself that fight’s going to be in las vegas and that’ll, be for the uh that’ll.
Make it for the undisputed super lightweight world championship you know.
So all the belts are are on the on the line that night and i’m sure be a heck of a fight.
I’M really looking forward to it.
Um have you ever seen jose ramirez? We talked earlier about him.
Graham fight he’s a really good fighter too.
I’Ve not seen him fight live no, but i’ve seen his youtube clips.
Yeah youtube stuff, yeah yeah he’s uh.
He he’s a tough combatant i’ll.
Tell you that, but i’m really hoping josh taylor takes him down.
I mean i got ta go for the scottish guy right, absolutely a hundred percent, so i’m really hoping that josh taylor does it because i there’s only the last time there was a unification uh undisputed.
Scottish world champion was something like 1959, so that’ll be that’ll, be like a huge thing over there.
Absolutely you know so so i’ll be looking forward to it, and i hope you guys will be too again.
That’S may 22nd 2021 against jose ramirez in las vegas.
I don’t know exactly who’s who’s hosting that like is it.
I don’t think it’s the zone, but i think it might be espn or or somebody of that uh that stature, espn or showtime, something like that, so we’ll definitely be looking out for them, but yeah thanks a lot for coming out guys appreciate it.
Graham josh taylor, man, our scottish scottish guy, you know what surprises me about all what you said right, given the fact that scotland has bred some of the toughest guys that i know on a personal level yeah.
But when you mix into that the highland games, and, in particular the caber i’m thinking to myself, the streets of glasgow are pretty tough, let alone edinburgh, okay, let alone some of the let alone some of the port cities.
Okay, these guys are pretty tough, guys they’ve grown up in a tough neighborhood.
Let’S just say: they’ve got access to trainers and gems.
They do yeah.
It’S not that stat that you gave me blew me away, because i would have thought if you’d skill tested me and asked me a question: hey yeah.
When do you think the last unified scottish champ? I would not have said, i think it’s undisputed right here.
I just heard a tidbit about it, yeah, something like that like hold all the belts or something back in the day.
I guess it was only three belts because the wbo wasn’t around, but it’s been like, since i think it was 1959 or something crazy like that.
That’S incredible as well.
No, i know yeah.
This is a really big deal and i believe uh.
It’S it’s similar uh for ramirez too there’s something about it.
Something about uh, a mexican-american he’ll be one of the one of the only mexican americans to have a undisputed championship.
You know doesn’t happen that often really, when you think about it right, doesn’t happen that often that’s why even that upcoming um uh tyson fury, joshua fight, which is uh undisputed right world heavyweight fight, like they don’t happen very often, these these four belt or five belt Fights you know what i mean he liked the canelo one, the other night, the same thing right, yeah, exactly yeah yeah.
So so it’s gon na be a big fight for josh taylor.
I hope he i i’m really pulling for him.
I hope you guys pull for him too.
He’S a good old scotsman got ta like him alrighty.
So thanks a lot for the likes guys, the shares all the uh subscriptions, bang that notification bell.
If you want to uh, come out and check out the show and absolutely thanks graeme for everything and uh, i guess we’ll be seeing you tomorrow, night, uh, 7 p.
Eastern standard time see if you can find another scottie for us, oh yeah.
Well, i’m hoping i’m hoping there’s going to be more haha, that’s for sure all righty all right! Thanks very much deal thanks.
Man have a good night guys take care, be safe.