This Saturday in Glasgow, unbeaten junior welterweight prospect Josh Taylor will take on veteran and former titleholder Viktor Postol in a pivotal fight for both men, and the 27-year-old Taylor is hoping that he can put in the sort of performances that makes everyone across the world take notice.
“Every fighter dreams of fighting in the USA and I’m no different. Las Vegas and Madison Square Garden, they’re the iconic places in boxing and where the big fights happen. I’d love to go over for a massive fight and then bring belts back to Scotland and maybe, after that, defend a world title at Edinburgh Castle — that’d be amazing.”
Taylor is in tough on paper with Postol (29-1, 12 KO), who has beaten Lucas Matthysse and whose only pro loss came to Terence Crawford in July 2016. He’s fought just once since then, defeating Jamshidbek Najmiddinov last September in Kiev.
The 34-year-old Postol has the experience edge for sure, but Taylor is younger, fresher, and looks like the stronger man and better puncher on paper. While there’s no question that Postol is a step up from the likes of Winston Campos, Miguel Vazquez, and Ohara Davies, it’s also worth saying that Taylor’s team would not have agreed to fight Postol in Taylor’s 13th fight if they didn’t think their fighter was absolutely ready to win that sort of bout.
And we really don’t know where Postol is at, either. It’s been two years since he fought an opponent of real substance.
All in all, it’s an interesting crossroads bout for both men.