'I feel like Rocky',' says Josh Taylor in video thanking fans following double world champion title

Josh Taylor made Scottish boxing history yesterday.

By The Newsroom
Sunday, 27th October 2019, 1:14 pm
Updated Sunday, 27th October 2019, 2:29 pm
The 28-year-old from Prestonpans defeated the previously unbeaten American Regis Prograis by a majority decision. Picture: Getty Images

Prestonpans boxer Josh Taylor posted a video on Twitter thanking his supporters and fans after becoming a double world champion at London’s O2 Arena when he defeated American Regis Prograis.

His post on the social media platform read: "Unbelievable feeling. Waking up as unified champion of the world. Thank you to everyone for making last nights atmosphere one that I’ll never forget. Your support is truly unbelievable. #TartanArmy"

In the video, showcasing his beaten eye, he said: "Well guys, waking up here with a very different looking face, looking beautiful as you can see. I feel like Popeye here, but it's small price to pay.

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"I feel amazing. Waking up as a world champ after just 16 fights, it is absolutely brilliant. I over them moon, ecstatic. I am really blown away by what I achieved."

He then addressed his fans, saying: "Thank you to everyone who has taken the time to send me messages and say congrats and wish me well, I would try and respond to everyone but I'd be here for literally a month straight if I tried to do it."

He looked at his belt and added: "I hope this journey continues and we keep getting these belts. I feel a bit like Rocky."

Taylor signalled to the crowd that he was in the ascendancy. And those in attendance responded.

The 28-year-old defeated the previously unbeaten American Regis Prograis by a majority decision, winning the Ring Magazine belt and World Boxing Super Series’ Muhammad Ali Trophy in the process.