Boxing: Josh Taylor joins McGuigan, fights Saturday

Josh Taylor won gold at last year's Commonwealth Games. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
Josh Taylor won gold at last year's Commonwealth Games. Pic: Lisa Ferguson
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Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Taylor has signed for boxing legend Barry McGuigan’s Cyclone Promotions and will fight for the first time as a professional this weekend.

The 24-year-old, who claimed light welterweight gold in Glasgow last summer, will make his pro debut in El Paso, Texas, on Saturday against an unnamed opponent on the undercard of Carl Frampton’s IBF world super bantamweight title defence against Alejandro Gonzalez Jr.

And it is believed Taylor, from Prestonpans, is also being lined up to headline a show in Edinburgh later this year.

The former Lochend amateur ace, who will be coached by Shane McGuigan at the McGuigan Gym in Battersea, London, said: “I am delighted to have signed professional contracts with Barry McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions.

“I feel I have achieved a great deal in the amateur ranks, the highlight being my gold medal at last year’s Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

“I have always wanted to be a professional world champion and I know that with this team behind me I can go onto achieve that goal.

“To have a legend like Barry McGuigan as my manager is very important to me. Training alongside the likes of Carl Frampton has been inspirational for me. I am so excited to get my professional career up and running.”

Barry McGuigan, the former WBA world featherweight champion, said: “I am thrilled to have signed Josh Taylor. He is one of the most exciting talents to emerge from the British amateur scene in a number of years and I believe that with the right guidance he can go on to become a world champion and reignite Scottish professional boxing.

“Josh already has a big fanbase in Edinburgh and once the rest of the Scottish and UK fans see him box in the professional ranks I have no doubt they will get behind him in very a big way.”