Edinburgh wants to see Josh Taylor, undisputed boxing champion of the world, fight in the city – Angus Robertson

Josh Taylor is the undisputed boxing champion of the world and already at the age of 30 a Scottish sporting legend.

Tuesday, 25th May 2021, 4:55 am
Josh Taylor defeated Jose Ramirez over 12 rounds on Saturday (Picture: John Locher/AP)

“Champion of the World” is how the Edinburgh Evening news splashed the Tartan Tornado across the front page after winning a unanimous points decision in Las Vegas against Jose Ramirez.

The light-welterweight unification bout saw him become only the fifth man in world boxing history to hold all four belts in a division.

Messaging his supporters on Twitter, Taylor said: “I came up hard, I came up fast, I beat the toughest and I beat the best! I took on the toughest of challenges, I dared to be great and I came out on top! UNDISPUTED CHAMPION OF THE WORLD” with emojis of a Scotland flag, a tornado and a boxing glove.

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Edinburgh could be in for a treat after the East Lothian boxer said he is ready to fight next in the capital in front of Edinburgh Castle or at Easter Road.

First, however, on his return from the United States is a care home visit to Ken Buchanan, the only previous Scots fighter to become undisputed world champion. It’s a mark of the man that he will pay his respects to Buchanan before celebrating with family, friends and supporters in Prestonpans.

Scotland has had some great fighters over the years like Buchanan, Alex Arthur, Ricky Burns, and Scott Harrison. In Josh Taylor we have a true world champion we should be proud of. To see him fight next in Edinburgh would be fantastic.

Angus Robertson is the SNP MSP for Edinburgh Central and Constitution, External Affairs and Culture Secretary

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