EXCLUSIVE: Barry McGuigan talks Josh Taylor’s Viktor Postol test, WBC title plan for 2018

Joe Hewlett 07/06/2018
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Josh Taylor is currently preparing for his toughest test yet in former world title challenger, Viktor Postol (29-1) which is an eliminator for the WBC world title. 

The ‘Tartan Tornado’ will also defend his WBC Silver super-lightweight championship against the Ukrainian on June 23 at the SSE Hydro Arena.

Manager and Promoter, Barry McGuigan, is hoping a victory over the seasoned 34-year-old will cement a position to challenge for the WBC crown later this year.

“We’re not messing around; the WBC title is the belt we want to fight for,” McGuigan exclusively told World Boxing News.

“This is a real risk but that’s what we need, fights which will give him recognition to challenge for the titles.

“Jose Ramirez is defending against Danny O’Connor, to me that’s a tick over fight but it could be the next fight that Taylor has which is very exciting. The plan for a world title would be for later this year.”

Taylor had an accomplished record as an amateur, winning Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow before turning pro with the McGuigan’s the following year.

The 27-year-old has continued his impressive progress, remaining unbeaten with a record of 12-0 which included the demolition of fellow Brit Ohara Davies along the way.

Despite tougher tests around the corner for Taylor, the Cyclones chief believes the super-lightweight is one of world boxing’s biggest talents and is a force to be reckoned with.

“Others will claim to be as exciting, but he’s not just one of the best and most exciting British talents, he’s one of the most talented and best in world professional boxing.

“He’s very enjoyable to watch, he’s aggressive and likes to make a fight exciting. He can switch from orthodox to southpaw, is a great combination puncher and has got a superb KO ratio.

“He’s in great condition going into this fight, it’s been a very impressive camp and he’ll be on the money come fight night.

“We’ve been preparing for a Viktor Postol style with some good quality amateurs. It’s going to be a great fight but one that’ll he will win and move on from,” he added.

Josh Taylor will be defending his WBC Silver super-lightweight title against Viktor Postol at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow, commencing June 23.

Joe Hewlett is lead writer for World Boxing News. Follow Joe on Twitter @Hewlett95