On the early hours of Sunday morning Scottish Light Welterweight boxer Josh Taylor produced an incredible performance knocking down American Jose Ramirez twice to win the bout on all judges scorecards. Taylor becomes Britain’s first undisputed champion in the four belt era and the first Scottish undisputed champ since the great heavyweight Ken Buchanan.
At 18-0 Taylor clearly has a lot left in the tank so what is next for the tartan tornado?
A potential move up to welterweight to face unbeaten WBO belt holder Terence ‘bud’ Crawford has boxing fans salivating and would be a real opportunity for both fighters as Taylor would cement his legacy and be in line for a massive payday.
This would also benefit Crawford as he has been widely criticised as many of his opponents have been underwhelming and a super fight with Errol Spence Jr seems a world away as Spence is set to fight the great Manny Pacquiao in August.
Notably both fighters are promoted by Top Rank with promoter Bob Arum already hinting at the idea so the fight wont be a hard one to make if both fighters want it.
However, Taylor may potentially want to stay at 140 and then a mandatory versus 27 year old Englishman Jack Catterall may be on the cards. This would set the stage for a title defence on Scottish soil with Taylor being keen on this saying:
“I’d love to go back home and take a big fight back to Scotland. Especially now.
“Now is the time to get that fight at Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road.
“I know Easter Road are going to be up for having me there and they’ve said it a few times, so I’d love to have it at Easter Road.
“But I’d love to fight at Edinburgh Castle. I think that would just be iconic with the castle lit in the background.” [source]
A third potential bout would be a match up against current lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez this would be enticing if Lopez beats George Kambosos on June 12. Lopez is currently 16-0 and a move up to Light Welterweight would be intriguing as both fighters are unbeaten however Lopez still has massive opponents with the likes of Devin Haney to contend with in the lightweight division.
Who should the Tartan Tornado fight next?
by Kieran Warren