Hungarian boxer Adam Mate says he will come to spoil the party when he arrives in the Capital next week to fight hometown favourite Josh Taylor.
The duo go head to head at Meadowbank on Friday for Cyclone Promotions’ inaugural show in the city ‘Lift Off’, in what will be Taylor’s second professional bout since joining the paid ranks in June.
A second-round stoppage over Archie Weah in El Paso, Texas, in July was just what the doctor ordered for the Scot, who was making his pro-debut, Liberian Weah simply unable to live with the Prestonpans boxer’s array of shots at the Don Haskins Centre in the US.
Mate, however, isn’t fazed by the challenge that awaits him. The Hungarian lightweight national champion boasts a credible record of 17 wins from his 22 fights, his latest victory coming just three weeks ago when he overcame compatriot Istvan Sikes in his home city of Budapest. But Mate, who has fought in the UK twice before, says he has no qualms about facing Scotland’s hottest prospect and Commonwealth Games gold medallist.
“I have read about how talented Taylor is but he doesn’t faze me,” Mate, 24, said. “In fact, it drives me to train even harder, in the knowledge that I have the power to knock anyone out.
“When I hit this so-called ‘Golden Boy’ he will crumble. There is going to be a big upset and it is Taylor’s fans that will be in shock.”
The six-round contest promises to be an intriguing clash between two boxers who are in a rich vein of form. However, Mate believes being the more experienced fighter will see him prevail.
“I am full of confidence,” the Hungarian explained. “Taylor was a very good amateur but professional boxing is completely different. It’s ruthless, believe me, and I know because I’ve boxed all over the world and I am not expecting any favours when I come to Scotland.”
• Tickets for LIFT OFF are available at www.cyclonepromotions.com, Cyclone Promotions’ Facebook page (http://www.facebook.com/CyclonePromotions) and are priced: Unreserved Tier – £40; Reserved Floor – £60; VIP Ringside - £100. For VIP Packages call: 0203 290 0248.