Josh Taylor is quickly emerging as a future star in the sport of boxing.
Earlier tonight, inside of The SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland, Taylor entertained his hometown fans with a dominating seventh round stoppage over previously undefeated Ryan Martin. The fight sees Taylor advance to the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series, as the 27-year old will meet IBF junior welterweight champion Ivan Baranchyk.
Taylor (14-0, 12 KO’s) was too quick, agile, and ferocious for Martin (22-1, 12 KO’s), and set the pace from the outset. Martin was tough and game, but simply couldn’t get his punches off.
If there is one complaint about his performance, Taylor appeared to hit Martin behind the head with his right hand in round seven. The American rose to his feet after being knocked down and complained, but to no avail. Martin trained in Big Bear, California with Abel Sanchez, and appeared to be in great shape, yet this wasn’t his night.
Taylor vs. Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KO), who recently won the vacant IBF title against Anthony Yigit in their first round WBSS meeting, will be a fascinating bull vs. matador style matchup.
Speaking afterwards, Taylor was happy to have won on his home turf.
“I was alright wasn’t it? It was good,” Taylor said as the crowd erupted. “I told you, nobody’ beating me in this Hydro. These fans, they’re amazing. Best in the world. Thanks everybody for coming out. Appreciate it.”
Asked what was the key for his performance this evening, Taylor admits that he is reaching the pinnacle of his physical abilities.
“I’m coming into my prime,” said Taylor. “ I’ve said it all the way up to this fight. I was performing my best in the gym, more relaxed. I’m coming into my prime years now. It started to tell in my performances. I just beat a really good fighter and there’s nothing stopping me. I’m going to win this tournament, definitely.”
In his previous fight, Taylor had a nice, tough fight vs. Former champion Viktor Postol and admits that the matchup made him better after 12 rounds.
“Yeah, definitely,” Taylor agreed. “Viktor Postol came in a very tough fighter. He was a great fighter, a great champion. And he taught me a hell of a lot in there. Gave me a great 12 rounds. He’s a great champion and he taught me a hell of a lot, so I’d like to say thank you to him for a great fight as well.”
And as much as he has proven himself during his recent run of fights, with the last three taking place inside of the SSE Hydrow, Taylor recognizes that his next fight is his first title shot. Still, he believes where the belt will be going.
“That’s it, man. It’s coming back to Glasgow. It’s coming back to Glasgow,” said Taylor.