Barry McGuigan: Viktor Postol is no roll over, but Josh Taylor is the real deal
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.
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.
“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,” said promoter Barry McGuigan.
“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!”
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.
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