Nicola Sturgeon leads high-profile messages of congratulations for world champion Josh Taylor

Nicola Sturgeon has sent a message of support to Scottish boxer Josh Taylor after he was crowned undisputed super-lightweight champion of the world.

Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 1:17 pm
Updated Sunday, 23rd May 2021, 1:25 pm

The First Minister was reacting to the Prestonpans fighter’s victory over American Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas.

She tweeted: “Congratulations @JoshTaylorBoxer.”

Taylor became the first British fighter to claim the WBO, WBA, IBF and WBC titles simultaneously since the four-belt era officially began in 2004.

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Known as The Tartan Tornado, he also received well-wishes from novelist and fellow Hibs fan Irvine Welsh, who wrote: “TTT! #No1.”

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Las Vegas-based Scots actor Martin Compston was among those who paid tribute.

The Line of Duty star tweeted: “Sir Chris Hoy, Sir Andy Murray, tell me this man doesn’t deserve his place among them and not give a f*** at the same time.”

Scots boxer Josh Taylor defeated Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas. Picture: AP Photo/John Locher.

Taylor’s partner Danielle Murphy said: “Thank you so much to everyone for your well wishes and support!

“It honestly means the world to us! You are all the best.”

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