Josh Taylor wants to fight three times this year to become a world champion.
Taylor’s last two fights have been far from impressive. A split decision win over Jack Catterall was disputed, with many calling it a robbery. A one-sided loss to Teofimo Lopez followed that performance. Taylor lost his WBO junior welterweight title. The Scot announced his decision to move up to 147 with suggestions he struggled to make 140. A move up to welterweight could give Taylor a world title opportunity if Terence Crawford vacates his belts and moves up to 154, as is expected.
“I’m big enough and strong enough for 147 as well. [Crawford is] unrealistic just now for me. Get a good fight at welter and then hopefully get in for a title shot. Crawford vacating his belts and the belts all become fragmented and then I can get a shot hopefully at a title,” Taylor said
Fights at 147 will prove a tough test. Taylor’s last two performances suggest he is on the decline. He also doesn’t have a lot of firepower for the 147 division. He only has three knockouts in his previous eight fights. The leading names in the welterweight division, Jaron Ennis and Eimantas Stanionis, have shown their knockout ability.
Ennis has 28 stoppages in 31 fights, while Stanionis has nine knockouts in 14 fights. But one thing on Taylor’s side is his big frame. He is already a big 140-pounder, so provided he puts on the weight properly, he could do well in the division. But before he chases those big names, he will need a welterweight fight. Giovani Santillan, the WBO interim champion at 147, has been mentioned. A win over him puts Taylor in line for a title shot. Both are with Top Rank, making it much easier to make the fight.
“That’s one that could be in-house. It would be made pretty easily as well. There’s a lot of big fights out there at 140 and 147lbs. The future’s looking bright. I want to get back in as soon as possible and get the momentum going. Then get out hopefully in the summer and then maybe once at the end of the year. Definitely two times next year, hopefully three,” Taylor said
Won't fight more than twice, won't win more than once. Wins a tune-up and loses to Catterall is my prediction.
— TC🥊 (@Boxingcontent) November 25, 2023
Still putting off the catterall fight!
— charles lachojski (@lachojski) November 25, 2023
Don’t see him winning a world title at 147 unless Bud relinquishes the rest of the belts and he fights someone lower in the rankings for it
— James Anderson (@JamesAndo01) November 25, 2023