Boxer Josh Taylor dreams of topping the bill in Las Vegas one day and even postponed a trip to the famous strip last month to build towards that goal.
The 26-year-old current WBC Silver and Commonwealth super lightweight champion revealed he was all set for a week’s holiday with stablemate Conrad Cummings and former stablemate Carl Frampton, the latter having parted ways with Cyclone Promotions four weeks ago. However, a phone call from manager Barry McGuigan put paid to his venture to the States, the Irishman informing him a deal to bring former IBF world lightweight champion Miguel Vazquez to the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston on Saturday, November 11, had been reached.
While Both Cummings and Frampton elected to travel without the Edinburgh fighter and soak up the atmosphere in the build-up to Floyd Mayweather’s eagerly-awaited showdown with UFC star Conor McGregor, the Prestonpans puncher instead boarded a shorter flight to his training base in Battersea, London.
“I was a wee bit gutted to be honest that I had to cancel my trip to Vegas,” explained Taylor, who won gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow three years ago. “I never had a ticket for the Mayweather fight, but I was just going over with Conrad and Carl for a bit of time off.
“We were always together training so it was time to let off some steam and relax.
“But it wasn’t to be as I got the call from Barry telling me I had this fight on the horizon so I cancelled the trip straight away. Boxing is my life, my job, so it’s far more important.
“I can go to Vegas any time I want. Hopefully the next time I’m there it’s myself involved in a big fight. If I can come through this fight then it really will put me on the world stage and in the top five [rankings] in the WBC. I will be knocking on the door for world title fights.
“The last ten years of my life has involved training towards becoming a world champion. That’s always been the dream so it’s time to make that dream become a reality. I just need to keep my head down and work hard.”
The Scot is respectful for all his Mexican opponent has achieved in the sport having been world champion for four years between 2010 and 2014. The 30-year-old has won 39 of his 44 professional bouts and has never been stopped in five losses.
“He [Vazquez] has been in with some world class fighters and never been stopped. It would be a statement and a half if I could manage to do it. That will be the aim,” he said.
“I do believe in my punching power. I know if I catch Vazquez, I’ll hurt him. If I hurt him, I’ll jump on him. I will try to stop him. I never go looking for it, but it would send out a message.
“He’s not a typical Mexican. He moves around a lot and has good movements. I’ll need all of my attributes to get the job done.
“I’ll probably need to be on the front foot, but it could end up being toe-to-toe. You never know until that first bell.”
Meanwhile, Edinburgh’s IBO Inter-Continental super lightweight champion Jason Easton will defend his belt the same evening, although his opponent is still to be confirmed.
“I was sparring Anthony Crolla last week so that was a good experience,” Easton said. “Camp has been going great so I’m looking sharp and we’re still seven weeks from fight night.”
Tickets for Taylor vs Vazquez on Saturday, Novermber 11, at the Royal Highland Centre at Ingliston, are on sale from 10am tomorrow morning. Tickets are priced £40, £60 and VIP inner ringside £125 plus booking fee. Tickets are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk