Gold medal hero Josh Taylor turns professional

Josh Taylor won light-welterweight gold at Glasgow 2014. Picture: Neil Hanna
Josh Taylor won light-welterweight gold at Glasgow 2014. Picture: Neil Hanna
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Commonwealth Games boxing gold medallist Josh Taylor is targeting British and World title success after turning professional.

The 24-year-old from Prestonpans says he’s “done it all” as an amateur and is now looking to make an impact in the paid ranks.

Taylor, who triumphed in the light-welterweight division in Glasgow last summer, said: “I’ve done everything as an amateur. I’ve been to two Europeans, two Worlds, been to Olympics, two Commonwealth Games. I’ve been to all the tournaments you can go to. I’ve won medals all over the world.

“I’ve had probably over 150 fights as an amateur. My next fight will be in a professional ring so it’s exciting times ahead. I can’t wait.

“I’m confident that I can get the ball rolling with my first win hopefully in the next two or three years, fight for a British title and bring world title fights back to Scotland.

“It would be a dream come true and that’s what I hope to achieve in my career.”

Taylor, who won-lightweight silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games before competing at the 2012 Olympics in London, says a hand injury has curtailed his progress in recent years. He has since had surgery to mend the problem.

“I’m back punching harder than ever with no injuries at all so it’s going well,” he added.

“I got two joints cut out and bone from my hip grafted in and staples put in as well.

“I was out for about four months with that but I’m back now and everything’s good.”