Taylor joins Prograis as likely favorites heading into 140lb tournament
Josh Taylor had options after defeating Viktor Postol in highly entertaining bout, by unanimous decision. With that victory he became the mandatory for WBC super lightweight titlist Jose Carlos Ramirez.
They were rumblings as to whether or not Taylor would enter the World Boxing Super Series Tournament. Ramirez opted not to join the tournament and in doing so he became the only champion in his division not to join. So, would Taylor persue his title shot or go into the tournament and take on the best in the division was the question he had to answer for himself.
Earlier today we got the answer, as Taylor opted to join the WBSS tournament, in what should be heralded as a great career move. Taylor has been on the fast track in his career after just 13 fights he will seek to prove the he belongs among the best in his division.
He is an exceptional talent that clearly passes the eye test and with the Postol victory Ring Magazine installed as the number 2 ranked junior welterweight in the world. From the start of his professional career the trained eye has been able to see flashes of what he could be and he has only gotten better each time he steps into the ring. He shows great heart and skill to go along with more than sufficient power.
He took on the biggest test of his career in Postol and although the former champion gave the young man all he could handle it was clearly not enough.
The junior welterweight/super lightweight tournament is shaping up to be a good one and one that will showcase a lot of young talent in the sport. Taylor will be one of the favorites heading into the tournament along with his American counterpart Regis Prograis.
Can Taylor win the whole thing? Of course he can, and depending on the seeding in the tournament, we might get a treat in the finals. Imagine having Prograis face Taylor in the finals? It would be must see TV, getting an opportunity to see two of the best young talents in the sport of boxing face one another.
By: Wilson Urena