Undefeated Scottish southpaw Josh Taylor 13-0 (11) wants to emulate his hero Ken Buchanan and win a world title on the road, according to his promoter and manager Barry McGuigan.
The 27-year-old âTartan Tornadoâ has long admired his countryman Buchanan, who travelled abroad to face WBA lightweight champion Ismael Laguna in Puerto Rico almost 48 years ago. The Edinburgh fighter overcame the odds to rip the title from the champion after 15 gruelling rounds.
After defeating Viktor Postol 29-2 (12) on Saturday night, Taylor will now get a shot at the WBC title held by Jose Carlos Ramirez providing the champion gets past Danny OâConnor as expected on July 7.
âOne of his heroes is Kenny Buchanan who went to Puerto Rico and won the world title, then unified it in Madison Square Garden,â said McGuigan to the Edinburgh Evening News.
âJosh would love to do something like that. I think Ken was unfortunate in that he didnât have enough backing and support over here, so he had to travel. Josh is not in that position. We have a television company behind us and a number of other irons in the fire.
âWe canât cut off our nose to spite our face â weâll look at all the possibilities and see whatâs best for Josh.
âKen had no choice. The only reason he went abroad was because he didnât have a big crowd, he didnât have a television company or a big organisation behind him, so he had to go on the road. That almost gives him more merit, but ultimately, thank God weâre not in that position.
âWeâre in a very healthy position at the minute. I canât go into detail, but itâs amazing. Saturday was a gateway fight and we had to get over that hurdle and now itâs a great thing to have a couple of option in this business.
âIf you only have one way then youâre going to be corralled into a position that you donât always like, so having a bit of flexibility is great from a negotiating point of view.â
If Taylor does have to travel to face Ramirez, McGuigan is confident that his charge will be unfazed by the challenge of fighting away from home.
âI want him to win a world title because I know heâs capable of it and I think he beats Jose Ramirez,â said McGuigan. âItâs not an easy fight, itâs a tough fight, but I think he beats him. Itâs just about making the right decisions at this stage.â