Advertisement
Advertisement
Boxingscene.com

Alex Arthur is Proud of Josh Taylor's Olympic Efforts

By Shaun Brown

He may have fallen at the second hurdle during the London 2012 Olympic Games, but former world champion Alex Arthur believes compatriot Josh Taylor should take great pride from his accomplishments.

“Everyone that knows Josh feels like he’s won because of the fact he qualified for the Games and the progress he made. It’s been a fantastic achievement for a boy from Prestonpans (in Arthur’s home city of Edinburgh),” said the former British, Commonwealth and European super featherweight champion when speaking to BoxingScene.

Arthur himself is cited as one of the primary reasons as to why Taylor got involved in boxing. “My training camp used to be at Meadowbank Stadium where Josh’s Mum used to work. He would come and watch during the school holidays and then eventually he started hitting the bags,” Arthur recalled.

“To see him in the Olympics, for everyone that knows him, was massive and when he got beat I felt like I got defeated myself. I’d like him to go up to 64kg now. He doesn’t belong at 60kg in my opinion, but it was the only way he was going to make the games. He’s also massive for the weight.”

Britain’s representative at the Men’s Lightweight (60kg) category fell short in the last 16 when losing out 15-10 to the number three seed and former world champion Valentino Domenico.

21-year-old Taylor was Scotland’s sole representative in the British boxing team and was hoping to emulate the heady heights of fellow Scot and amateur boxing legend Dick McTaggart. In the end a hesitancy to let his punches go and the veteran tactics of an opponent seven-years his senior proved to be the youngster’s downfall. Arthur however hopes that doesn’t deter him from staying amateur.

“I hope he does remain amateur,” said Arthur. “He’ll now get bigger funding because of what he’s achieved and with the maturing he’s still to do he will only get better. Plus as an amateur he’ll be fighting regularly, flying all around the world and living the life of riley.”

Twitter @shaun_brown

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by alza1988 on 08-04-2012

Still young only 21 I think :boxing: What Arthur is saying puts me in mind of Paddy Barnes a bit .This is his second olympics and is 4 yrs older than Josh Taylor .He could train for Rio 2016 then…

Post a Comment - View More User Comments (1)
Top Headlines Daniel Jacobs vs. David Lemieux is Very Possible, Says Hearn Jorge Linares, Terry Flanagan Trade Words - Call For Unification HBO Sports' Head on Formulating 'SuperFly 2' For Early 2018 Jack on Bivol, Vacating: I'm Not Ducking a Guy With 11 Fights! News: Vaughn Alexander, Christian Carto, Daniel Baiz, More Carl Frampton vs. Oscar Valdez Showdown is Targeted By Arum Tom Schwarz Injured, Withdraws From WBO Regional Defense AIBA's Wu Gets Upper Hand on Rivals With Latest Court Ruling Eddie Ramirez vs. Antonio DeMarco Added To Santa Cruz-Avalos Team Fury Want Parker Rematch or Lucas Browne Fight Next Sullivan Barrera Furious: I Should Be Fighting Bivol For WBA Title! Tony Harrison vs. Paul Valenzuela Set For Lara-Gausha Triple Joshua-Parker: Promoters Planning July Bout at Wembley Jezreel Corrales vs. Alberto Machado Announced For HBO, Oct. 21 Arum Wants Joseph Parker vs. Bryant Jennings Showdown Report: Bellew-Haye Rematch Set for December 10 at O2 Arena Dmitry Bivol vs. Trent Broadhurst in Monaco on Nov. 4, HBO Hearn on Jacobs' Options: Golovkin II, Canelo, Lemieux, Saunders Roy Jones: Andre Ward's Place in Boxing History is Near The Top Daniel Jacobs Confident: I See Myself Stopping Canelo! Photos: Jermell Charlo Grinds in Camp For Erickson Lubin Photos: Wlodarczyk Putting in Hard Work For Murat Gassiev Liam Smith: When Williams Feels He's Come Unstuck - He'll Quit! Joseph Parker's Coach: Anthony Joshua's Style is Perfect For Us! Sandor Martin Promises To Take Down Anthony Yigit Golovkin's Promoter: Mayweather Knew What GGG Does To Him Tommy Langford Vows To Bounce Back From First Career Defeat Mayweather, Klitschko, Ward, Jones Create 2022 HOF Debate Rigondeaux's Coach: Now Lomachenko Can Prove His True Worth! Beterbiev vs. Koelling: Vacant IBF Title Likely To Be at Stake Video: Jim Lampley Talks Canelo-Golovkin, Andre Ward, More Video: Roy Jones Jr. Discusses The Retirement of Andre Ward Linares: The Draw Was Best Decision For Canelo vs. Golovkin Joseph Parker May Defend in Japan, Against Kyotaro Fujimoto? Campbell Reveals His Father Passed in Lead-Up To Linares Bout Daniel Jacobs Clarifies Role of Al Haymon in Eddie Hearn Union Nico Hernandez, Tramaine Williams, Zhilei Zhang Get Big Wins Parker: I Can Bring Out The Weaknesses in Anthony Joshua! Jack Culcay To Make U.S. Debut on Gassiev vs. Wlodarczyk Fury Camp Believe 'Dark Forces' Are Root Cause of Parker Scores
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement