By Terence Dooley
Cyclone Promotions have confirmed that Josh Taylor (10-0, 9 KOs) will meet a former world titlist when he fights Miguel Vazquez (39-5, 15 early) at the Royal Highland Centre, Edinburgh on November 11. The fight will be shown live on Channel 5 as the 26-year-old Edinbugh-based southpaw bids to build on his win over the previously undefeated Ohara Davies at the Braehead Arena on July 8, which was also shown live on the terrestrial TV channel.
Taylor is riding high in terms of both form and popularity after stopping the brash Londoner in seven rounds, the fight against Mexico’s 30-year-old former IBF lightweight title holder will present him with another chance to impress the wider sporting public.
The Commonwealth champion turned over with Barry McGuigan’ Cyclone Promotions in July 2015 and rattled off six wins en route to a Commonwealth title shot, and victory, over Dave Ryan (W TKO 5) last October to set a record for the least amount of bouts prior to winning the Commonwealth belt.
Vazquez has beat the likes of Breidis Prescott, Denis Shafikov, Leonardo Zappavigna and Mercito Gesta, all undefeated at the time, and his losses came against Saul Alvarez, a debut loss in 2006 (L SD 4) and 2008 (L 10), Tim Bradley (L10 in 2007), Mickey Bey (L SD 12), and Argenis Mendez (L 10) so he should represent a step up for Taylor, who will defend his WBC Silver light-welterweight title for the first time.
“It's a phenomenal challenge for Josh, but I believe he will come through it and go on to become world champion,” stated McGuigan when confirming the fight.
“Josh is a great opponent, but I'm here to win, and I'm desperate to claim this victory in Scotland,” said Vazquez.
The final word was reserved for Taylor, who said: “It's a definite step up in class for me, but it's one I'm looking forward to. It's great to be back home.”
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