Josh Taylor lands Boxing Writers’ Club top amateur award

Josh Taylor at the Savoy Hotel in London with his award
Josh Taylor at the Savoy Hotel in London with his award
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Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Taylor has been named Best Amateur Boxer of the Year at the annual Boxing Writers’ Club dinner at the Savoy in London

His latest accolade caps a remarkable 2014 for the 23-year-old Lochend fighter who was crowned Commonwealth 64kg champion at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow in August.

The Prestonpans star is the latest name to join an illustrious roll of honour of the Ken Jones Award that includes ex-amateurs and Olympians Anthony Joshua, Luke Campbell and James DeGale.

It is still to be determined whether Taylor will switch to the professional ranks or remain an amateur until the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro in 2016.

Taylor said: “What a proud night at the Boxing Writers’ dinner to receive the Amateur Boxer of the Year award.”

Meanwhile, Taylor’s clubmate Aston Brown has announced he is to move up in weight category in his bid to be selected for Team GB at the Olympics in just under two years.

Brown, also 23, was overlooked for the coveted 75kg berth in favour of Kieran Smith in Glasgow and has since decided to compete at 81kg.