Humberto Soto: I don’t know anything about Josh Taylor

Three-weight former world champion Humberto Soto
Three-weight former world champion Humberto Soto
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Mexico’s Humberto Soto insists he will step into the unknown as he attempts to inflict a first defeat on Prestonpans boxer Josh Taylor.

The 37-year-old seasoned pro, a former three-weight world champion, revealed he knows virtually nothing about the current WBC Silver champion ahead of their bout at the SSE Hydro on Saturday, March 3. However, that can only be a good thing according to Soto, who has 66 wins from 77 contests.

“I must be honest, I don’t know anything about Taylor,” the Mexican said. “I don’t like to watch videos of fighters because every fight has different preparation. Some people watch videos to prepare and it doesn’t always work out the way you have seen.

“I’ll work with my trainer and manager, and between us will find a strategy that will work against Taylor.”

Although he is nearing the end of a career that began more than two decades ago, Soto believes his experience will stand him in good stead in in 
Glasgow. Taylor’s last victory was against Soto’s compatriot Miguel Vazquez at the Royal Highland Centre in November but Soto is determined to do things his own way.

“I don’t need to speak to Miguel Vasquez – that’s not my style. I will use my own experience,” he said. “I have fought many tough opponents, such as David Diaz, Joan Guzman, Bobby Pacquiao. My fight with Urbano Antillon was fight of the year in the US (2010).

“But I still have the hunger to keep going. I am a Mexican and we love to fight in the ring. There will be a hostile atmosphere in Glasgow but it will not concern me. Every time I go into the ring there’s been a hostile atmosphere.

“The noise won’t mean anything because it will just be me and him in the ring. I am a privileged fighter. There are millions of fighters but very few who are chosen to be world champions. My dedication allowed me to win three world titles and I will take this fight very seriously.

I know I am a foreigner here and will take on a home fighter but I think my determination makes me go into the ring and come out the other side on top.”