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Josh Taylor believes he’s ‘two or three’ fights away from a world title shot


Josh Taylor faces Humberto Soto on March 3 in the first of “two or three fights” before a world title shot.

The Scottish super-lightweight was in dazzling form last year but wants more development before crack at the division’s elite.

Two-weight world champion Soto, from Mexican, certainly has pedigree although the 37-year-old has not fought since Oct. 2016.

Taylor (11-0, 10 KOs), 27, from Edinburgh, will defend his fringe WBC Silver title against Soto (66-9-2, 36 KOs) at The SSE Hydro, Glasgow, in an event promoted by Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions.

Taylor, known as ‘The Tartan Tornado’, sees Soto as another step up the ladder after becoming the first boxer to stop former world lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez, also from Mexico, in November.

“I think it can be another equally successful year and hopefully put on the same type of performances and realise my dream of becoming world champion,” Taylor told ESPN. “There are a few potential opportunities for me, the division is wide open.

“I believe I’m ready to become world champion, ready to take on anyone that comes my way.

“There’s Mikey Garcia, Sergey Lipinets, Viktor Postol and Regis Prograis and any one of them could be a potential fight and I’m ready to take on any of them. If and when the opportunity comes I’ll be ready.

“I believe ability wise, I’m ready now. Realistically, I probably need a couple more fights of developing so when the opportunity comes, I’m ready.

“Probably another two or three opponents to be honest, but whenever Barry [McGuigan] thinks I’m ready. I need just a wee bit more time.”

Soto last held a world title seven years ago but Taylor thinks the Mexican veteran is the right test at the right time.

“I think Soto is a step up because he’s a better all round, complete fighter,” Taylor told ESPN.

“He’s not awkward, he boxes and comes looking for you to fight so I won’t have to go very far to meet him. I think it will be a very skilled fight and some good action.”



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