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 Video: Anthony Joshua Very Eager To Get Parker in The Ring Photos: Estrada, Cuadras vs. Arroyo, Viloria - Superfly 2 Presser Video: Joseph Parker Discusses Anthony Joshua Showdown Terry Flanagan vs. Maurice Hooker To Land at O2 Arena Hearn: Jacobs-O'Sullivan Less Likely; Jacobs-Andy Lee Possible Joshua on Parker's Steroid Jabs: I'm Clean, I'd Never Do That Skoglund Update, Castano-Vitu News, Badou Jack, Wallin, More Joseph Parker: Joshua Has Rematch Clause, But I Don't Need One Hearn Offers Alexander Povetkin Slot On Joshua vs. Parker Card Mundine: Horn is a White Boy, Gets Coverage Because He's White! Video: Anthony Joshua Reacts To Steroid Comments From Parker Lenroy Thomas vs. David Allen II Added To Brook-Rabchenko Card News: Kovalev-Mikhalkin, Spence-Peterson, WBSS, More Valdez, Quigg Promise To Stage Action-Packed War at StubHub Photos: Anthony Joshua, Joseph Parker - Tense Face To Face Parker: Tyson Fury Might Walk Me to the Ring for Joshua Fight Promoter: Other Than Klitschko, Joshua, Parker Resumes Similar Peterson's Trainer: Fight Against Errol Spence Will Turn Into a War Bivol: Hard to Tell From Two Rounds If Kovalev All the Way Back BoxingScene.com's Television Picks of The Week Mundine: If Horn Says No - Then I Want Saunders, Canelo, GGG Errol Spence vs. Lamont Peterson - Calm Before The Storm Fury: Me and Joshua is Four Round Fight - Either I Go or He Goes! Parker Regrets Making Steroid Comments About Anthony Joshua Big Fights, Big Finales, Better Judging Top Wish List For 2018 Jamel Herring Signs With Top Rank, Will Fight on Crawford-Horn Luis Ortiz Vows Pain: I'll Tear The Skin Off Deontay Wilder's Body! Estrada: People Think Sor Rungvisai Will KO Me - It Won't Happen! Creed 2 Update: Actor Cast To Play Ivan Drago's Son in Film Mayorga Emotional: Time To Hang Up The Gloves, Say Goodbye Rapper Common is Producing a New Boxing Documentary Tyson Fury: If I'm Honest - I Fancy Parker To Beat Joshua Wilder: No Doubt I'll KO Ortiz, Joshua-Parker Will Be a Long Fight Katie Taylor Dublin Return Off, Being Pushed To Daniel Jacobs Bill Frank Warren: Fans Lost Interest in Amir Khan, He'll Face a Stiff Euro News: Murat-Demchenko, Havnaa-Tahiri, Formella-Frank Briggs: I'll KO Tyson Fury, Breaks All His Fingers To End His Tweets Wilder: I'll Make an Example of Luis Ortiz, He's My Guinea Pig! Frank Warren Confirms Tete is Out, 2/10 Show Moves Forward Sean Dodd vs. Tommy Coyle Set, April 21 In Liverpool
Advertisement

Latest Active Forum Threads
Advertisement
Advertisement