BARRY McGUIGAN has confirmed that Josh Taylor will box on the undercard of stable-mate Carl Frampton’s unified IBF and WBA world super bantamweight title fight with Scott Quigg early next year.
Already being billed as one of the greatest all-British showdowns, Frampton and Quigg will go head-to-head at the Manchester Arena on Saturday, February 27, after the duo signed the contract live on Sky Sports News on Monday.
With Belfast’s Frampton and Bury boxer Quigg ready to put their undefeated records on the line, Prestonpans fighter Taylor will also be given the opportunity to get another win under his belt.
Cyclone Promotions boss McGuigan, who manages both Taylor and Frampton, confirmed to the Evening News: “Josh will definitely be on that bill in February. But I can’t really say much more than that at this time. He may be out before then but it’s about trying to find the right place to put him.”
Taylor, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medallist, delivered his second professional win at a sold-out Meadowbank last month, stopping Hungary’s lightweight champion Adam Mate inside 90 seconds.
McGuigan revealed he and his team were blown away by the atmosphere generated by the strong and vocal partisan crowd.
“The only thing I wish was that we had at least got three rounds of Josh’s fight,” McGuigan admitted. “The guy’s [Mate] legs went after the first two knockdowns and he knew what was just ahead. He would have got the living daylights beaten out of him had he managed to continue but didn’t want to go through it.
“Josh was overawed with the reception he got and I don’t think he quite expected it. For me, as a promoter, having our first show there, it was just unbelievable.
“The atmosphere was incredible where people have said it sounded like an arena show. The undercard was great, young Jason Easton was impressive and the Anto Cacace vs Ronnie Clarke bout was just a brilliant fight so we couldn’t have asked for any more.”
McGuigan, the former world featherweight champion, believes he has another Frampton on his hands in Taylor, 24.
“This kid is going to be very special and Josh is going to win a world title, I’m telling you,” McGuigan said.
“He hits very hard. Where people got this impression that Josh couldn’t punch as an amateur, I don’t know. His punch is explosive.
“I think it’s deja vu with Frampton, if I’m being honest. The first shows we did in the Ulster Hall with Carl in Belfast were a few years ago but I don’t think those measured up to what we saw at Meadowbank a couple of weeks ago.
“Josh will definitely be back in Edinburgh soon.
“It won’t be before the end of the year as we’ve got too much on but certainly in the new year.”