By Thomas Lyons
Josh Taylor must pass his toughest test to date when he comes face-to-face with former world champion Victor Postol (29-1, 12 KOs) in a WBC world title eliminator at the SSE Hydro Arena on June 23. After becoming Commonwealth champion in just his seventh professional fight, the undefeated Taylor (12-0, 11 KOs) is now considered a huge threat to the 140-pound division and within touching distance of securing himself a world title shot in 2018.
‘The Tartan Tornado’ destroyed Winston Campos inside three rounds last time out and the task in front of him, this time around, will be against the experienced veteran Postol, who stands in Taylor’s way in his pursuit to the top. Taylor believes this is the perfect test for him and another step towards the WBC crown.
With only one loss on his record, which was a unanimous point decision defeat to undisputed king Terence Crawford (who has recently climbed to 147 after relinquishing all four of his belts), the Ukranian will be determined to get into a position to win back his title and possibly his last chance to do so. Postol has proven himself at the elite level, mixing it with the likes of Lucas Matthyssee, and with far more experience than Taylors had at this stage of his career, sets up an even more exciting fight.
Taylor, who has not yet tasted defeat as a professional, is currently ranked #2 with the WBC and will almost certainly be made mandatory challenger to Regis Prograis if he comes through Postol on June 23rd.
It will be almost a year since Taylor silenced old-foe Ohara Davies with a seventh-round stoppage in their grudge match, successfully defending his Commonwealth title and snatching Davies’ WBC Silver Super-Lightweight title.
Similar to Postol, Taylor’s pedigree as an amateur speaks for itself. He came through the ranks with a very successful amateur career, selected for the 2012 Olympics and captured Commonwealth gold at the 2014 games in Glasgow. Taylor has taken to the professional game like a duck to water and despite having a reputation as a slick southpaw, he’s demonstrated the power he carries, alongside a polished set of boxing skills, stopping eleven of his twelve previous opponents.
Taylor’s career has been carefully guided and managed by Cyclone Promotions and having Hall of Fame Barry McGuigan (a former world champion himself) by his side, will only spur the Scot on and set up some huge events in his hometown.