FightPost Boxer of the Week: Josh Taylor
By Michael Richards
WBSS Taylor made for Josh
Reflecting on this weekend’s action, we have had everything from all out wars, namely Berchelt vs Roman, as well as massively contentious decisions in the way of Parker vs Williams. The World Boxing Super Series card in Glasgow also saw then unbeaten World Champion, Ryan Burnett suffer injury heartache during his fight with Nonito Donaire, forcing him to retire at the end of the fourth round.
My boxer of the week comes from the other quarter-final in Glasgow, which saw Josh Taylor defeat American Ryan Martin, to advance to a mouth-watering semi-final against Ivan Baranchyk. It would be fair to say that Taylor not only comfortably beat the highly touted Martin, he beat the heart and fight out of the man, with as one-sided a victory as you are ever likely to witness.
Martin looked nervous from the outset, constantly shaking out his arms when he was out of range. Whether that was a build-up of lactic acid due to nerves or just to try and get his arms moving fluidly, we don’t know, but this is something Taylor clearly ceased upon. The ‘Tartan Tornado’ targeted the body of Martin from very early on, using lightening hand speed to get off countless shots to the mid-section of the broken American, investing for the later rounds.
Taylor was clever, going from body to head when needed, landing a beautiful uppercut in the fifth round. Martin did show some signs of life in the sixth round, but his short burst never troubled Taylor.
The end came in the seventh round, with Taylor landing numerous shots to the head, with a left appearing to strike to back of Martin’s head, causing him to stagger backwards and drop by the ropes. Referee Victor Loughlin took pity on him and saved him from further punishment, bringing a halt to proceedings.
The most impressive thing about this victory was the skill set on show from Josh Taylor. Bear in mind he is now only 14 fights into his professional career, scoring 12 knockouts in the process. He’s WBC Silver Champion, mandatory challenger to Jose Carlos Ramirez and now going to be challenging for the IBF strap. Phenomenal for someone who was competing in the Commonwealth Games only four years ago. The sky’s the limit for this man and for me will be a top 10 pound 4 pound superstar within the next couple of years.