|Nickname(s)||The Tartan Tornado|
|Height||5 ft 10 in (178 cm)|
|Reach||69+1⁄2 in (177 cm)|
|Born||Josh James William Taylor|
2 January 1991
|Wins by KO||13|
Josh James William Taylor (born 2 January 1991) is a Scottish professional boxer. He is the undisputed light-welterweight champion, having held the WBA (Super), IBF, and Ring magazine titles since 2019 and the WBC and WBO titles after defeating José Ramírez in May 2021. At regional level, he held the Commonwealth light-welterweight title from 2016 to 2017, and as an amateur, he won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and gold at the 2014 edition.
With his win over Ramírez, Taylor became the second Scotsman to be an undisputed champion and the first Brit to do so in the four-belt era. Nicknamed 'The Tartan Tornado' for his aggressive style, Taylor's knockout-to-win percentage stands at 72%. As of April 2021, he is ranked as the world's best active light-welterweight by BoxRec and the Transnational Boxing Rankings Board, as well as the fifth best active boxer, pound-for-pound, by The Ring.
Taylor was a junior taekwondo champion, and turned to boxing at 15. He spent a short time at Meadowbank ABC and then moved onto Lochend ABC under coach Terry McCormack of Edinburgh. Taylor won a silver medal in the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi, where he was beaten by Thomas Stalker in the lightweight final by 11–3.
Following the European Qualifying Event in Trabzon, Turkey, the ACB Lochend boxer qualified for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London, losing to number two seed Domenico Valentino in the round of 16. Taylor became the first lightweight Scottish boxer to qualify for the Olympics since Dick McTaggart, who won a gold medal in Melbourne in 1956 and a bronze in Rome at the following games.
He reached a Commonwealth Games final again in 2014, this time at light-welterweight. Taylor won the gold medal, defeating Junias Jonas of Namibia in the final. Taylor also represented the British Lionhearts at the World Series of Boxing.
Taylor started his professional career in June 2015, signing with Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions, and was trained by Shane McGuigan. Taylor made his debut in July 2015, defeating Archie Weah with a second round technical knockout (TKO).
In his seventh fight, Taylor picked up the Commonwealth light-welterweight title by beating Dave Ryan with a fifth-round stoppage. Ryan went down twice over the course of the bout. Ryan had previously held the title between 2014 and 2015. Taylor won his first seven fights by knockout (KO). His KO streak came to an end against Alfonso Olvera, who went eight rounds with Taylor at the MGM Grand Garden Arena in Las Vegas on 28 January 2017. Taylor won the fight by unanimous decision (UD) with scores of 79–72, and 78-73 twice. On 24 March Taylor defended his Commonwealth title for the first time, beating Warren Joubert with a sixth-round TKO, after hurting him several times with left hooks. Joubert went down in round six and his corner threw in the towel.
Rise up the ranks
Taylor vs Davies
On 8 July Taylor faced WBC Silver champion and fellow unbeaten prospect Ohara Davies. The two had previously taunted each other on Twitter. Taylor would also be defending the Commonwealth title. Taylor dominated the fight and stopped Davies, dropping him once in round three and twice in round seven before the referee halted the contest.
Taylor vs Vázquez
Taylor defended his WBC Silver title against former lightweight world champion Miguel Vázquez on 11 November at the Royal Highland Centre. Although Vázquez' style seemed to pose problems for Taylor in the early rounds, Taylor wore him down as the fight went on. Vázquez went down in round nine from body shots, and he failed to beat the count. This was Vázquez' first stoppage loss.
On 18 January 2018 it was confirmed that Taylor would defend his WBC Silver light-welterweight title against veteran Humberto Soto on 3 March 2018, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. On 24 February 2018 it was revealed that Soto had sustained an injury whilst training meaning he had to pull out the fight. On the same day, Winston Campos was announced as his replacement.
Taylor vs Postol
In June 2018, Taylor fought former WBC light-welterweight champion, Viktor Postol, gaining a UD win in a twelve-round fight, meaning that he was placed in the mandatory position to fight WBC light-welterweight champion, José Ramírez. The fight took place at the SSE Hydro, Glasgow.
World Boxing Super Series
On 30 June 2018, it was announced that Taylor would join fellow light welterweights Ryan Martin, Terry Flanagan, Regis Prograis, Eduard Troyanovsky, Anthony Yigit, Ivan Baranchyk and WBA champion, Kiryl Relikh in the eight man tournament.
Taylor vs Martin
At a gala held in Moscow, Taylor selected to fight Ryan Martin in the quarter-finals. Taylor dominated the fight with Martin throwing few punches. In the seventh round, Taylor landed a flurry of punches that staggered Martin which resulted in referee Victor Loughlin stopping the fight.
Taylor vs Baranchyk
Unified light-welterweight champion
Taylor vs Prograis
Taylor won a unification bout against WBA (Super) light-welterweight champion Regis Prograis by majority decision (MD) in the final of the World Boxing Super Series at The O2 Arena in London on 26 October 2019. The fight was shown live on Sky Sports Box Office. Two judges scored the fight 117–112 and 115–113 in favour of Taylor while the third scored it a draw at 114–114. Taylor lifted the Muhammad Ali Trophy as the winner of the 2018-19 World Boxing Super Series – Light-welterweight division along with the vacant Ring magazine title.
Taylor vs Khongsong
In his next fight, Taylor defended his titles against undefeated challenger Apinun Khongsong. Taylor did not waste any time, dropping and stopping Khongsong in the first round with a body shot. The time of stoppage was 2:41.
Undisputed light-welterweight champion
Taylor vs Ramírez
Taylor faced WBC and WBO champion José Ramírez on 22 May 2021, at the Virgin Hotels Las Vegas in Paradise, Nevada, for the undisputed light-welterwight title. Taylor knocked his opponent down twice in the sixth and seventh rounds, both times with his left hand, en route to a unanimous decision victory with all three judges scoring the bout 114–112 in his favour. The result meant that Taylor became the second Scotsman to be an undisputed champion (after Ken Buchanan); the first British fighter to become an undisputed champion in the four-belt era; and only the fifth man to do so after Bernard Hopkins, Jermain Taylor, Terence Crawford and Oleksandr Usyk.
As a child, Taylor was passionate about motorcycle racing, and "dreamed about being a world champion superbike racer or a world champion MotoGP racer"; he named motorcycle racers Valentino Rossi and Steve Hislop as his childhood heroes. Taylor has been a supporter of Hibernian F.C. since he was a child.
In December 2019, Taylor was arrested and charged with behaving in a threatening or abusive manner due to an incident whilst partying in Edinburgh. After being asked to leave a nightclub, he said a bouncer's "nose ring is gay", and referred to the bouncer as a "gay-looking cunt" and a "big orange-looking cunt". Taylor later pleaded guilty at Edinburgh Sheriff Court and was fined £350. He said on Twitter afterwards, "I whole heartedly apologise for my stupid actions. It has been a rollercoaster of a year for me, becoming unified world champion and on this occasion I've taken it too far."
Taylor is engaged to Danielle Murphy.
Professional boxing record
|18 fights||18 wins||0 losses|
|18||Win||18–0||José Ramírez||UD||12||22 May 2021||Virgin Hotels Las Vegas, Paradise, Nevada, US||Retained WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring light-welterweight titles;|
Won WBC and WBO light-welterweight titles
|17||Win||17–0||Apinun Khongsong||KO||1 (12), 2:41||26 Sep 2020||York Hall, London, England||Retained WBA (Super), IBF, and The Ring light-welterweight titles|
|16||Win||16–0||Regis Prograis||MD||12||26 Oct 2019||The O2 Arena, London, England||Retained IBF light-welterweight title;|
Won WBA (Super) and vacant The Ring light-welterweight titles;
World Boxing Super Series: Light-welterweight final
|15||Win||15–0||Ivan Baranchyk||UD||12||18 May 2019||SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland||Won IBF light-welterweight title;|
World Boxing Super Series: Light-welterweight semi-final
|14||Win||14–0||Ryan Martin||TKO||7 (12), 2:21||3 Nov 2018||SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBC Silver light-welterweight title; |
World Boxing Super Series: Light-welterweight quarter-final
|13||Win||13–0||Viktor Postol||UD||12||23 Jun 2018||SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBC Silver light-welterweight title|
|12||Win||12–0||Winston Campos||TKO||3 (12), 0:44||3 Mar 2018||SSE Hydro, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained WBC Silver light-welterweight title|
|11||Win||11–0||Miguel Vázquez||KO||9 (12), 2:30||11 Nov 2017||Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland||Retained WBC Silver light-welterweight title|
|10||Win||10–0||Ohara Davies||TKO||7 (12), 2:25||8 Jul 2017||Braehead Arena, Glasgow, Scotland||Retained Commonwealth light-welterweight title;|
Won WBC Silver light-welterweight title
|9||Win||9–0||Warren Joubert||TKO||6 (12), 1:27||24 Mar 2017||Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland||Retained Commonwealth light-welterweight title|
|8||Win||8–0||Alfonso Olvera||UD||8||28 Jan 2017||MGM Grand Garden Arena, Paradise, Nevada, US|
|7||Win||7–0||Dave Ryan||TKO||5 (12), 2:45||21 Oct 2016||Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh, Scotland||Won vacant Commonwealth light-welterweight title|
|6||Win||6–0||Evincii Dixon||RTD||2 (8), 3:00||30 Jul 2016||Barclays Center, Brooklyn, New York City, New York, US|
|5||Win||5–0||Miguel Alberto González Mena||TKO||1 (6), 1:33||14 May 2016||Ice Arena Wales, Cardiff, Wales|
|4||Win||4–0||Lyes Chaibi||KO||2 (6), 1:40||27 Feb 2016||Manchester Arena, Manchester, England|
|3||Win||3–0||Daniel Cosmin Minescu||TKO||1 (4), 0:45||20 Nov 2015||Waterfront Hall, Belfast, Northern Ireland|
|2||Win||2–0||Adam Mate||TKO||1 (6), 1:25||16 Oct 2015||Meadowbank Sports Centre, Edinburgh, Scotland|
|1||Win||1–0||Archie Weah||TKO||2 (6), 1:53||18 Jul 2015||Don Haskins Center, El Paso, Texas, US|
|26 October 2019||Josh Taylor vs. Regis Prograis||Sky Box Office||176,000|||
|Total sales||Sky Box Office||176,000|
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|Regional boxing titles|
Title last held byJohn Wayne Hibbert
| Commonwealth light-welterweight champion
21 October 2016 – January 2018
Title next held byGlenn Foot
| WBC Silver light-welterweight champion
8 July 2017 – May 2019
Title next held byJose Zepeda
|World boxing titles|
| IBF light-welterweight champion
18 May 2019 – present
| WBA light-welterweight champion|
26 October 2019 – present
Title last held byTerence Crawford
| The Ring light-welterweight champion|
26 October 2019 – present
| WBC light-welterweight champion|
22 May 2021 – present
| WBO light-welterweight champion|
22 May 2021 – present
Title last held byTerence Crawford
| Undisputed light welterweight champion|
22 May 2021 – present