By Kevin Francis, courtesy of The Daily Star
FORMER motor mechanic Josh Taylor is roaring towards a title date after a meteoric rise through the rankings.
The Edinburgh bruiser meets Viktor Postol in a WBC world super lightweight title eliminator at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.
He goes into the contest after amassing a professional record of 12 wins, 11 of them coming by way of knockout.
It’s all a far cry from his days as an apprentice, with Taylor saying: “I was always interested in engines so, after school, I did an apprenticeship to be a mechanic.
“But I found it boring and thought ‘this isn’t for me’. So I looked for other avenues – and here I am!”
While studying he also pursued an amateur boxing career, winning silver at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and gold four years later.
He turned pro in 2015 with Barry McGuigan as his promoter and the former WBA featherweight champion’s son, Shane, as his trainer.
Now, after those 12 wins on the bounce, the 27-year-old Scot is ready for what he says will be his toughest fight to date.
Ukrainian Postol, 34, is a former WBC super-lightweight belt holder and will present a massive test.
His only defeat in 30 bouts was to Terence Crawford, on points in a unification contest in April 2016.
Taylor said: “Postol is the perfect test for me at this stage of my career and my toughest fight to date.
“He’s beaten some of the best fighters in the world. I know he’ll be coming here with the hope of spoiling the party.
“To know I’ll be in line for a world title shot if I get the win has really put the fire in my belly.”
Promoter McGuigan has no doubts about how far Taylor can go, saying: “He is not just one of the best talents in British boxing – he really is one of the best talents in global boxing.
“This will certainly be his toughest fight so far but I believe he will win the world title. Without doubt, there is more to come.
“He is getting better. I learn things about him every day. He can be sloppy at times but the majority of the time he is sensational and very adaptable.
“Josh needs a challenge to get him fired up. I believe he’s a big-time fighter – a pressure fighter who likes the big occasion.
“The more the pressure is on, the better he fights. But he will need to be focused in this fight from the first bell to the last.”