Josh Taylor unified light welterweight World champion SIGNED (gold sharpie) amateur action shot 8" x 10" photo winning Commonwealth Games gold medal Glasgow 2014.
Taylor was a junior taekwondo champion, and turned to boxing at 15. He spent a short time at Meadowbank ABC and then moved onto Lochend ABC under coach Terry McCormack of Edinburgh. Taylor won a silver medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he was beaten by Thomas Stalker in the lightweight final by 11–3.
Following the European Qualifying Event in Trabzon, Turkey, the ACB Lochend boxer qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, losing to number two seed Domenico Valentino in the round of 16. Taylor became the first lightweight Scottish boxer to qualify for the Olympics since Dick McTaggart, who won a gold medal in Melbourne in 1956 and a bronze in Rome at the following games.
He reached a Commonwealth Games final again in 2014, this time at light welterweight. Taylor won the gold medal, defeating Junias Jonas of Namibia in the final. Taylor also represented the British Lionhearts at the World Series of Boxing.
Josh Taylor vs Regis Prograis - FIGHT OF THE YEAR?!
Josh Taylor (born 2 January 1991) from Scotland is a unified light welterweight champion, having held the IBF title since May 2019, and the WBA (Super) and Ring magazine titles since October 2019. Taylor turned professional in 2015 after an amateur career taking in selection for the 2012 Olympics and winning the gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games in the light welterweight division. As of November 2019, Taylor is ranked as the World's best active light welterweight by BoxRec and second by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board (TBRB). He is also ranked as the World's tenth best active boxer, pound for pound, by the TBRB. He currently has a 75% knockout-to-win ratio.
Taylor started his professional career in June 2015, signing with Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions, and is trained by Shane McGuigan. Taylor made his debut in July 2015, defeating Archie Weah with a second round technical knockout (TKO).
In his seventh fight, Taylor picked up the Commonwealth light welterweight title by beating Dave Ryan with a fifth round stoppage. Ryan went down twice over the course of the bout. Ryan had previously held the title between 2014 and 2015. Taylor won his first seven fights by knockout. His streak came to an end against Alfonso Olvera, who went 8 rounds with Taylor at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 28 January 2017. Taylor won the fight by unanimous decision (79-72, 78-73, 78-73). On 24 March Taylor defended his Commonwealth title for the first time, beating Warren Joubert with a sixth round TKO, after hurting him several times with left hooks. Joubert went down in round six and his corner threw in the towel.
Taylor vs Davies
On 8 July Taylor faced WBC Silver champion and fellow unbeaten prospect Ohara Davies. The two had previously taunted each other on Twitter. Taylor would also be defending the Commonwealth title. He stopped Davies, dropping him once in round three and twice in round seven before the referee halted the contest.
Taylor vs Vázquez
Taylor defended his WBC Silver title against former lightweight World champion Miguel Vázquez on 11 November at the Royal Highland Centre. Although Vázquez's style seemed to pose problems for Taylor early on, Taylor wore him down as the fight went on. Vázquez went down in round nine from body shots, and he failed to beat the count. This was Vázquez's first stoppage loss.
On 18 January 2018 it was confirmed that Taylor would defend his WBC Silver light welterweight title against veteran Humberto Soto on 3 March 2018, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. On 24 February 2018 it was revealed that Soto had sustained an injury whilst training meaning he had to pull out the fight. On the same day, Nicaraguan Winston Campos was announced as his replacement.
Taylor vs Postol
In June 2018, Taylor fought former WBC light welterweight World champion, Viktor Postol of Ukraine and gained a unanimous decision win in a twelve round fight, meaning that he was placed in the mandatory position to fight WBC light welterweight World champion, José Ramírez. The fight took place at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
World Boxing Super Series
World Boxing Super Series – Super Lightweight Division
On 30 June 2018, it was announced that Taylor would join fellow light welterweights Ryan Martin, Terry Flanagan, Regis Prograis, Eduard Troyanovsky, Anthony Yigit, Ivan Baranchyk and WBA champion, Kiryl Relikh in the eight man tournament.
Taylor vs Martin
At a gala held in Moscow, Taylor selected to fight American Ryan Martin in the quarter-finals. Taylor dominated the fight with Martin throwing few punches. In the seventh round, Taylor landed a flurry of punches that staggered Martin which resulted in referee Victor Loughlin stopping the fight.
Taylor vs Baranchyk
Taylor won his first World title, the IBF light welterweight title, by unanimous decision against Belerusian Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow on 18 May 2019. Taylor scored two knockdowns in the fight.
Taylor vs Prograis
Taylor won a unification bout against WBA (Super) light welterweight champion Regis Prograis by majority decision in the final of the World Boxing Super Series at The O2 Arena in London on 26 October 2019. The fight was shown live on Sky Sports Box Office. The judges scored the fight 114-114, 115-113 and 117-112 in favour of Taylor. Taylor lifted the Muhammad Ali Trophy as the winner of the 2018-19 World Boxing Super Series - Super lightweight division along with the vacant Ring magazine title.