This Saturday night at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow, hot junior welterweight Josh Taylor (12-0, 11 KOs) will face his biggest test to date.
Taylor will collide in the ring with former world champion Viktor Postol (29-1, 12 KOs).
Postol's sole career defeat came at the hands of Terence Crawford, by way of a twelve round decision, and many view Crawford as the best pound-for-pound fighter in the sport.
Taylor vs. Postol has also been sanctioned as a WBC junior welterweight eliminator.
And the current WBC champion at the moment is Jose Ramirez, who has a voluntary defense coming up against Danny O'Connor. And the mandatory challenger in line to fight him is the interim-beltholder, Regis Prograis.
To make a statement in a loaded division, Taylor aims to do upstage Crawford's decision victory by scoring a knockout over Postol.
“I want to do a number on him and knock him out so I gave him the eye [when we went face to face]. I would have stood and stared him at all day. That’s the wee mental thing – now he knows how much I want to win and become a world champion. He wants his belt back and I know I’m in for a hard night but that’s all the motivation I need," Taylor told The Evening Times.
“I don’t think it was about mind games. We just put the friendliness aside for a moment or two. It was a case of saying ‘right, it’s on and I’ll see you on June 23’. He understood and was trying to give it back to me.
“It’s a massive fight for me but I think it’s coming at the right time. I’m entering my physical prime years at 27, getting my man’s strength now, filling out and getting stronger. If I win this hopefully I can be involved in some massive fights in the future.”