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Josh Taylor to face Viktor Postol in WBC final eliminator

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Cyclone Promotions are delighted to announce that Scotland’s exciting contender Josh Taylor (12-0-0) will face Ukraine’s number one-ranked Viktor Postol (29-1-0) in a final eliminator for the WBC World super lightweight title at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow on June 23rd. This mouth- watering contest will be shown live and exclusive on Channel 5, and is sponsored by Voltarol, Ladbrokes and Maxi-Nutrition.

TICKETS FOR JOSH TAYLOR vs VIKTOR POSTOL AT THE SS E HYDRO, GLASGOW ON SATURDAY JUNE 23RD ARE ON SALE FROM 10AM ON FRIDAY APRIL 25th – PRICED £40, £60, £80 AND VIP INNER RINGSIDE AT £150 + BOOKING FEES, AND AVAILABLE FROM WWW.TICKETMASTER.CO.UK OR CALL 0844 844 0444.

Cyclone’s Josh Taylor has firmly established himself as one of the best super lightweights in the world in recent months. Having disposed of domestic rival Ohara Davies with a ruthless seventh round TKO win last July, the 27-year-old then became the first man to stop former long- reigning world champion Miguel Vazquez to round off a stellar 2017.
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The ‘Tartan Tornado’ was also at his destructive best last time out in March at the SSE Hydro, as he cleaned out Nicaraguan contender Winston Campos within three rounds to move one step closer to world title glory.

After just twelve professional outings, Taylor has already boxed in each of the home nations as a pro, as well as three times in the USA on big world title bills. Not only has he headlined several cards before millions of viewers live on Channel 5, but the Prestonpans native has also boxed live on Showtime in the USA at the home of boxing, the MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

Though by far the biggest fight of his career to date, Taylor will be relishing the opportunity to take another significant step towards world title glory by overcoming Ukraine’s Viktor Postol on June 23rd.

Having unashamedly fallen short in his attempt to become a unified champion against pound-for-pound star Terence Crawford back in 2016, Postol will arrive in Glasgow with dreams of reaching the Super Lightweight summit once again.

During his rise to the top, ‘The Iceman’ claimed wins over the likes of Yvan Mendy and Henry Lundy before sensationally stopping the dangerous Lucas Matthysse back in October 2015 to become the WBC super lightweight King. The Ukrainian has ambitions of becoming a two- time world champion, and he knows that a victory in Glasgow would catapult him back towards the top of the 140lb pile.

The scene is set for an action-packed encounter between two of the world’s best super lightweights, with the winner guaranteed a shot at the coveted WBC world title. The fans at the SSE Hydro on June 23rd are in for a treat. You can follow all of the build-up on our twitter handle – @CyclonePromo ; and/or our Facebook page – www.facebook.com/CyclonePromotions

There will be extensive undercard announcements in the coming days.

TICKETS FOR JOSH TAYLOR vs VIKTOR POSTOL AT THE SSE HYDRO, GLASGOW ON SATURDAY JUNE 23RD ARE ON SALE FROM 10AM ON FRIDAY APRIL 25th – PRICED £40, £60, £80 AND VIP INNER RINGSIDE AT £150 + BOOKING FEES, AND AVAILABLE
FROM WWW.TICKETMASTER.CO.UK OR CALL 0844 844 0444.

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JOSH TAYLOR: “I can’t wait to get back under those lights on June 23rd in Glasgow. This is definitely my toughest opponent to date, and Viktor Postol should be the perfect test for me at this stage of my career. He’s taken on and beaten some of the best fighters in the world, and I know he’ll be coming here with the hope of spoiling the party.

“To know I’ll be in line for a world title shot if I get the win has really put the fire in my belly, and you can expect to see the best Josh Taylor to date on June 23rd. The support in Scotland is always phenomenal, and I can’t wait to make it another night to remember for everyone involved. See you all there!”

VIKTOR POSTOL: “I am very happy to fight in this Final Eliminator for the prestigious WBC World super lightweight title! I’m looking forward to June 23rd and training hard. Taylor is a tough opponent and he had a good amateur career, he is a hard puncher as you can see from his pro record, and he changes stances throughout his fights so I will need to be sharp.

“The win in this fight against Josh Taylor will help me to approach my goal of becoming world champion once again. Taylor is a worthy opponent and I am fully focused on this fight! Let the best man win in Glasgow on June 23rd.”

BARRY MCGUIGAN: “What a superb fight we should have on June 23rd. Josh Taylor truly is the real deal, and that shows when he’s fighting someone as talented and experienced as Viktor Postol in just his 13th fight. We feel that this is the perfect final test for Josh before he challenges for world honours, and Viktor Postol will certainly not being coming to Glasgow to roll over.

“Both men are fresh, full of desire and ready to put it all on the line on June 23rd. This should be a cracker!”

STEPAN CHERNOVETSKIY (Postol’s Promoter): “Viktor Postol is a fighter who achieves his goals, he is a winner who overcomes all obstacles that he encounters on his way. I marked his potential as a boxer early in his pro career. I have had a deep belief in him since we started working together. Ultimately, we achieved a great goal when Viktor beat the most dangerous boxer in his weight division, Lucas Matthysse, to become WBC World Champion (in 2015). I believe Postol will once again become a World Champion.

“To do that Viktor needs to beat Taylor on June 23rd in Glasgow and we recognise that it will be a hard fight, but the road to success can’t be easy and we are ready to walk this road again!”

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