WBC Silver light-welterweight champ Josh Taylor scored a “spectacular” stoppage win over Miguel Vazquez on Saturday night will make the boxing world sit up and take notice, according to promoter Barry McGuigan.
The 26-year-old extended his winning record to 11-0 with a vicious body shot in the ninth round which left the tough Mexican unable to beat the count.
It was the first time that the 30-year-old former world champion had been stopped in 45 fights, having gone the distance with Canelo Alvarez & Tim Bradley, so it was a huge statement from Scotland’s rising star –
“It was a world-class performance against a guy who had never been stopped before this kid, in his 11th fight, took him out,” said McGuigan. “It was pretty spectacular.
“We are left with a problem really, where do we go from here? Nevertheless it is a very nice problem to have. With the greatest of respect to the British title I think that is a step back for Josh Taylor and why would you take a step back when we are so close to big things?
“After that performance he is number six in the WBC, number 11 in the IBF. We haven’t canvassed the WBO and WBA yet but they will be looking at him after that performance.
“He wasn’t perfect but he had to show his robustness and toughness and it was a spectacular finish.
“Nobody had done that before to that guy – and that is a huge statement.”