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‘Mind-blowing’ Taylor: “I am on fire, just getting started

‘Mind-blowing’ Taylor: “I am on fire, just getting started"

13th, December 2018

Season II of the World Boxing Super Series has seen some stunning performances. One of the most impressive and convincing came from Scotland’s Josh Taylor against Ryan Martin on November 3rd at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.

‘The Tartan Tornado’ not only earned a World title shot against IBF champion Ivan ‘The Beast’ Baranchyk in a 140 lb WBSS semi-final after stopping Martin in round seven.

The tournament two seed also became a favourite to go all the way and take home the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Just like Naoya Inoue did in the 118 lb division with his 70 seconds two-punch performance against Juan Carlos Payano, Taylor sent a strong message to the other boxers in the super-lightweight tournament.

The WBC Silver super-lightweight champion simply shined in front of 6,000 ecstatic fans inside the Hydro; his quick hands, shot variety and head movement outmaneuvered Martin from the first bell to the last blow in round seven.

“This was the first time I saw Josh Taylor live,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer.

“It was mind-blowing. It was sensational. It was almost shocking. He was damn good. He came off the block like Usain Bolt. He didn’t let Ryan throw a punch.

“For me the best performance alongside Inoue so far. I am sure boxers and trainers will look at that performance and figure out how they will handle that. Baranchyk is very strong in a different way so it sets up a great semi-final, an absolute cracking fight.”

Taylor calls the Martin-fight a career-best performance and he feels ‘on fire’ going into next year’s semi-final.

“I was expecting twelve hard rounds against Ryan Martin,” said Taylor. “He is a very good fighter, very strong, he can punch really hard and he is strong in his defense.”

“So I was surprised how easy it was. That was my best performance yet. Everything was flowing effortlessly. My speed, my power, distance control, all cylinders were firing perfectly,” said the Prestonpans puncher.

“There is no one in this tournament that is going to be me. I am one hundred percent confident. This is me just getting started. I am feeling on fire!”

Taylor’s trainer Shane McGuigan shares his boxer’s confidence and has a plan for the semi-final against Baranchyk.

“It is going to be a really different fight from fighting Martin, but Baranchyk hasn’t got anything we haven’t seen before. Josh is the full package and we have a game plan against Baranchyk, and we will make sure it’s executed.”

All four remaining fighters in the 140 edition of the WBSS are the cream of the crop and they all performed so well in their quarter-finals that it is impossible to write anyone off.

Dates and venues for next year’s sensational semi-final match-ups will be soon be announced.

140 lb Semi-Finals:

  • Regis Prograis vs Kiryl Relikh – WBA World Championship & WBC Diamond Belt
  • Josh Taylor vs Ivan Baranchyk – IBF World Championship & WBC International Belt