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Josh Taylor vs Viktor Postol set for June 23

The undefeated prospect will take on the tough veteran in a WBC eliminator.

Josh Taylor v Alfonso Olvera Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images
Scott Christ is the managing editor of Bad Left Hook and has been covering boxing for SB Nation since 2006.

Unbeaten blue chipper Josh Taylor of Scotland will host Viktor Postol in Glasgow on June 23, with a shot at the WBC 140-pound title on the line in a very intriguing matchup.

Taylor (12-0, 11 KO) has pretty much blasted through the opposition thus far as a pro, with wins over Ohara Davies and Miguel Vazquez the real standouts on his record. He’s shown power and skill, and the 27-year-old “Tartan Tornado” has lived up to the hype thus far.

But Postol (29-1, 12 KO) is a real step up on paper. The 34-year-old veteran is a former WBC champion, upsetting Lucas Matthysse by stoppage in October 2015, before losing his belt in a unification fight with Terence Crawford in July 2016. He last fought in September 2017, beating Jamshidbek Najmiddinov at home in Kiev, Ukraine, coming off the canvas in round five to win a decision.

This is definitely my toughest opponent to date, and Viktor Postol should be the perfect test for me at this stage of my career,” Taylor said. “He’s taken on and beaten some of the best fighters in the world, and I know he’ll be coming here with the hope of spoiling the party.

“To know I’ll be in line for a world title shot if I get the win has really put the fire in my belly, and you can expect to see the best Josh Taylor to date on June 23rd. The support in Scotland is always phenomenal, and I can’t wait to make it another night to remember for everyone involved.”

“Taylor is a tough opponent and he had a good amateur career, he is a hard puncher as you can see from his pro record, and he changes stances throughout his fights so I will need to be sharp,” Postol said.

“The win in this fight against Josh Taylor will help me to approach my goal of becoming world champion once again. Taylor is a worthy opponent and I am fully focused on this fight.”

Who do you like in this one? The rising star or the proven contender?

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