Josh Taylor talks Ivan Baranchyk bout and sends a message to Adrien Broner
In an interview with Boxing Social, WBC Silver super lightweight champion Josh Taylor discussed a myriad of topics. He shared his thoughts on his last bout, which was a stoppage win over Ryan Martin.
Additionally, he spoke on his upcoming May 18 WBSS super lightweight semifinal bout against Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow, Scotland. Lastly, there were some choice words for potential upcoming opponents.
Returning to Boxing and the WBSS
Back from taking some time off, he’s training again and getting back into fighting shape. Taylor said his recent fight against Martin was a big win for his career, while crediting his fight against Viktor Postol as the key to his performance against against Martin.
“There were a lot of learning curves. Not in just the fight itself, but in the buildup. It was a different mental approach. I was more relaxed”.
He also expressed disappointment about reported financial issues pertaining to the WBSS.
“I was frustrated reading about the financial struggles of the WBSS keeping the tournament going. Then I read the fight was being pushed back to May. Then, a few weeks ago, I read Baranchyk had pulled out of the fight and I was like ‘ah, for f**k’s sakes.’ I was gutted! That was dream fight.”
He then phoned his trainer, Shane McGuigan, who assured him that the fight was still a go.
Taylor says he’s excited at the prospect of facing Baranchyk. In addition, he is looking forward to fighting for a world title in his home country of Scotland and is completely confident he has what it takes to win.
When asked about possible future opponents, Adrien Broner’s name came up. Broner has expressed interest in fighting in the UK and Taylor had some choice words for the four-time champion.
“He’s a fucking idiot, he’s an asshole. I would love to fight him, why not? After this tournament if he wants to come over, I’ll give him a wee spanking as well!”
Another interesting side note is that Taylor disclosed the upcoming Naoya Inoue vs Emmanuel Rodriguez WBSS bantamweight semifinal bout that will take place on the under-card of his bout against Baranchyk. He gave Inoue and Rodriguez the ultimate respect, stating the bout is not an under-card fight but a doubleheader.
“It’s amazing that such great fighters are coming to Scotland and Scottish fans will get to see such high caliber boxing”.
By: Michael Wilson Jr.