World boxing champion Josh Taylor convicted of racially abusing bouncer during drunken rant at exclusive Edinburgh nightclub
Taylor, who currently holds the WBC and IBF world boxing titles, was at the club with a group of friends when he was asked to leave the premises following “a disturbance”
WORLD boxing champion Josh Taylor racially abused a doorman during a drunken rant after he was thrown out of an exclusive Edinburgh nightclub.
Taylor called the Asian bouncer “a gay looking c**t” and labelled him “a big Orange looking c**t” when he and a pal were chucked out the capital’s trendy Shanghai club in the early hours of Sunday morning.
Taylor, who currently holds the WBC and IBF world boxing titles, was at the club with a group of friends when he was asked to leave the premises following “a disturbance” within.
And while out on the street the boxing hero, from Prestonpans, East Lothian, lost the plot and verbally abused the doorman.
Police were called out to the incident by club staff and Taylor - nicknamed The Tartan Tornado - was arrested and charged.
The boxer was whisked in to Edinburgh Sheriff Court yesterday morning (WED) accompanied by two burly security men where he pleaded guilty to behaving in a threatening and abusive manner.
The 28-year-old fighter also had a not guilty plea to possessing a quantity of Class A drug cocaine at an Edinburgh police station accepted by the Crown during his brief court appearance.
Prosecutor Alistair Millar told the court the boxer was at the Shanghai nightclub at around 3am when door staff asked one of his party to leave due to his drunken behaviour.
Mr Millar said: “The accused was within the nightclub and there was some form of disturbance.
“Security staff said the accused was clearly intoxicated and was also asked to leave the premises.
“Once outside he acted in the manner liabled and shouted ‘you are all sh*te doorman’ and ‘you can’t fight for real’.
“He said [to one doorman] ‘your nose ring is gay’ and ‘you are a gay looking c**t’.
“He then stated [to the doorman] ‘You big orange looking c**t’.”
The fiscal added the security staff called in the police to deal with Taylor following the outburst and he was arrested and charged after being taken to the city’s St Leonard’s police station.
Solicitor Cameron Tait, defending, said his client was a first offender and was a professional boxer who had won a gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games.
Mr Tait said Taylor ”has achieved exceptional heights” in his career, is a double world champion and had won all his professional fights to date.
The brief said Taylor had been catching up with friends that evening when one of them was asked to leave the club due to being drunk.
Mr Tait said: “Mr Taylor said he would look after his friend and he was told he must leave as well.
“He remonstrated with the door staff and advises me they were rude and aggressive. He felt a sense of frustration.”
Mr Tait added police caught up with Taylor near to the club on George Street around ten minutes later.
Sheriff Nigel Ross noted Taylor was “ashamed and had apologised” and fined him a total of £350 for the foul-mouthed outburst.
The sheriff added: “I am sure you aware of your position as a role model and I am sure you will adjust your behaviour in the future after this.”
Taylor admitted to behaving in a threatening or abusive manner by acting in an aggressive manner, swearing and uttering offensive remarks at George Street, Edinburgh, on December 15 this year.
The charge was aggravated by prejudice relating to sexual orientation and the offence was also racially aggravated.
He had a not guilty plea to possessing the controlled drug cocaine at St Leonard’s police station, Edinburgh, on the same date accepted by the Crown.
Taylor was shielded from the press outside the court by the two security men and was rushed away in a waiting white Range Rover.
Taylor is the current unified light welterweight boxing champion and won the IBF world title by defeating Ivan Baranchyk in May this year.
He was also crowned WBC champion and the Ring magazine titles in October this year when he defeated American Regis Prograis at the O2 arena in London.
Taylor turned professional four years ago and as an amateur he took part in the 2012 Olympic Games before going to win the the light welterweight gold medal at the 2014 Commonwealth Games held in Glasgow.
Taylor is ranked the world’s best active light welterweight by the BoxRec organisation and the world’s second best by the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board.
The Scot has a professional record of 16 wins out of 16 fights and has a knock out rate of 75 percent.
And just this week the champion boxer was awarded a golden can of Tennent’s Lager in recognition of his 2019 title wins.
Tennent’s serve up the legendary Golden Can to celebrate Scottish cultural icons and he now joins Trainspotting writer Irvine Welsh, actor Martin Compston and rock band Biffy Clyro, in the Golden Can Hall of Fame.