Josh Taylor celebrated impressive Scottish homecoming with ‘pizza and beers’

JOSH TAYLOR topped a dream Scotland homecoming with pizza and a few jars after securing his first super-lightweight world title shot.

The Shane McGuigan-trained southpaw schooled American prospect Ryan Martin before stopping him in the seventh round of the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final.

 Josh Taylor celebrated Super Series win with Pizza and beer

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Josh Taylor celebrated Super Series win with Pizza and beer
 Josh Taylor floors Ryan Martin in Glasgow

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Josh Taylor floors Ryan Martin in Glasgow

The semi-final, pencilled in for the summer, will be against IBF king Ivan Baranchyk and the Tartan Tornado be back in the gym sharpish to work off his post-fight treats.

The 27-year-old, who invited the previously unbeaten Martin to join him for a few beers, said: “I offered him a pint, it’s always nice to be nice and to have a chat before I send him back home, so I asked him for a few jars.

“He seemed alright, it’s just my way of thanking him for the fight, for coming over here and being part of the fight.

“I’m just going to get a few pizzas and a couple of pints and chill out.”

 

 The referee had seen enough and stopped the fight in the seventh round

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The referee had seen enough and stopped the fight in the seventh round

The Edinburgh-born ace had been commuting from north of the border to train in Wandsworth and occasionally sharing a flat with fellow fight Lee McGregor.

Manager Barry McGuigan said the logistics were having a negative impact on his training and fight preparations but Taylor has now got the keys to his own pad and after palming his old room-mate on to his trainer.

He said: “I am renting a new apartment down south and that means I can be in and around the gym a lot easier and not have an excuse for not training or falling into bad habits.

“I can be totally focussed on fighting and taking it completely seriously.

“I have got my own place now which makes things a lot easier.

"Lee isn’t sharing with me anymore, I think he’s on Shane’s sofa now but he’s always welcome.”

 Josh Taylor is in line for a world title shot

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Josh Taylor is in line for a world title shot

Heavy-handed Belarus fighter Baranchyk was in the news last week for leaving Anthony Yigit with a gruesome swelling over his eye in their quarter-final fight.

But Taylor insists he has no fears about facing the 19-0 Russia-based man nicknamed The Beast.

He said: “This is just me getting started, I am relaxed and feeling confident, I am coming in to my prime and I don’t think anyone is going to stop me, especially on the back of that performance.

“I am already ready for the next fight against Baranchyk and I will do the same again.

 Up next for Josh Taylor is Ivan Baranchyk

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Up next for Josh Taylor is Ivan Baranchyk

“I think it will be an all-action fight, I have only seen snippets of his win over Yigit, he looked very strong and explosive but he will not get close to me like that.

“If I perform again like I did tonight I don’t think there is anyone in this competition or division who can stop me.”

Proud trainer McGuigan added: “I think Josh is the best 140lbs fighter in the world and we are going to see that by him winning this tournament.

“The Baranchyk fight will be totally different but it won’t be anything we haven’t seen before.

“Josh had 150 amateur fights and now 14 pro fights. We will have a gameplan and we will go out and execute it.”

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JOSH TAYLOR topped a dream Scotland homecoming with pizza and a few jars after securing his first super-lightweight world title shot.