Boxing: Taylor confident of third victory

Josh Taylor defeated Adam Mate at Meadowbank last month. Pic: Steven Scott Taylor
Josh Taylor defeated Adam Mate at Meadowbank last month. Pic: Steven Scott Taylor
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Prestonpans boxer Josh Taylor isn’t short on confidence as he contests his third professional bout at the Waterfront Hall in Belfast tonight.

The 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, who stopped Hungarian lightweight champion Adam Mate in the first round at Meadowbank last month, will go head to head with Romania’s Daniel Cosman Minescu, looking to make it a hat-trick of victories.

But, Taylor, 24, admits he knows next to nothing about his opponent, who has tasted success just once since joining the pro-ranks in 2013.

“I don’t know anything about him but I’m not really bothered,” Taylor said. “I’ll take the guy as he comes, suss him out in the first minute and see what he’s like and then take it from there.

“I don’t have any worries whatsoever. I’ve still been training at Lochend so I’ve just been ticking over since my last fight. I haven’t really lost that much fitness. I’ve still been doing four or five rounds sparring so I should get through tonight no problems. It would be awesome to get my third win before Christmas. I’m keeping active so that’s what I’ve wanted.”

Taylor is boxing on the undercard of Cyclone stable-mate Conrad Cummings’ Celtic middleweight title fight with compatriot Alfredo Meli and has been soaking up the atmosphere in the Northern Irish capital these past few days.

“I think it will be a great atmosphere tonight so I’m really looking forward to it,” he said. “Conrad has sold a lot of tickets and I’d say the arena we are boxing in is the equivalent of the Usher Hall. I’m looking forward to getting back in there, doing the business and going 3-0.

“I think I’ll be out again in January and then there’s a great chance I’m going to be on the Frampton/Quigg undercard, so it’s all looking good.”

Cyclone promoter and Taylor’s manager, Barry McGuigan, confirmed earlier this month that the Edinburgh star will appear at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, February 27 when both Carl Frampton and Scott Quigg put everything on the line in their unified IBF and WBA world super bantamweight title duel – an occasion Taylor confessed he can’t wait to be a part of.

He said: “It’s going to be massive and will be on par with the Olympics and Commonwealth Games. The amount of people I’m going to be boxing in front of is a huge thing so I’ll be proud to be part of a fight of this magnitude so early in my career. It’s really exciting and I can’t wait.”