Exclusive: Tom Farrell backs Josh Taylor for world honours
Tom Farrell labelled fellow junior welterweight Josh Taylor ‘by far the best in Britain’ and thinks he is ready to challenge for world honours.
Taylor and Farrell both compete in the junior welterweight division and have a common opponent in Ohara Davies. Taylor outclassed Davies on the way to a TKO victory whereas Farrell was on the wrong side of a stoppage loss to the controversial Londoner.
Farrell is looking to bounce back from his defeat to Davies when he fights on March 10th at the Auditorium in Liverpool in a warm-up bout before stepping back up to the plate on the Amir Khan v Phil Le Greco bill at the Echo Arena on April 23rd.
Whilst Farrell will have to rebuild after his last bout he sees Taylor progressing to world honours very soon.
Discussing Taylor’s level in an exclusive interview with World Boxing News, Farrell said: ”Yeah I think he’s shown his level already, how he dealt with Ohara Davies and his fights since then.
“He seems to be the man to beat at the minute and he’s definitely the best in Britain right now by far, he’s probably European level; or past that to be honest.”
Undisputed Junior welterweight champion Terence Crawford’s move to welterweight has blown the division wide open and talking about the effect this will have on Taylor, Farrell said, “He could probably easily fight for a world title right now, especially with the division being opened up by Terence Crawford moving up-to welterweight.”
Taylor’s team also think he is ready for a world title tilt after his third round stoppage victory against Winston Campos this past Saturday and he is due out again on 9th June, but his manager Barry Mcguigan stated that this would probably be “too soon” for a world title shot.
Giving his final thoughts on Taylor, Farrell said: “I’m sure Taylor will be eligible to fight for a title soon, he’s got the WBC silver and he’s had fewer fights than me.
“It just shows you the level he’s at, he had a very good amateur career, he’s definitely world level.”
Thomas Davison is a staff writer for World Boxing News. Follow Thomas on Twitter @thomasdavison93