By Keith Idec
Josh Taylor’s first fight in the World Boxing Super Series will be held in his home country.
Organizers of the WBSS announced Friday that Taylor’s 140-pound quarterfinal fight against American Ryan Martin will headline a November 3 card at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland. That card also will include a bantamweight tournament quarterfinal fight that’ll match Northern Ireland’s Ryan Burnett against former four-division champion Nonito Donaire.
The Taylor-Martin and Burnett-Doniare fights will be streamed by DAZN in the United States.
“I cannot wait for November 3rd in Glasgow,” Taylor said in a press release. “I’m delighted to be boxing in Scotland, in front of my home fans. On November 3rd, the Scots will get to see the World Boxing Super Series show come to town and I will put on a winning performance to keep them singing. My team and I believe I can win the Muhammad Ali Trophy and both world title belts, and the first step on that journey is in Glasgow against Ryan Martin. I will be ready.”
The 27-year-old Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs), a southpaw from Prestonpans, Scotland, is the No. 2 seed in the WBSS’ 140-pound tournament. Cleveland’s Martin (22-0, 12 KOs) is unseeded.
Belfast’s Burnett (19-0, 9 KOs), who’ll defend his WBA “super” bantamweight title, is the No. 1 seed in the WBSS’ 118-pound tournament. The 35-year-old Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs), a Las Vegas resident who was born in the Philippines, was not seeded.
“Donaire is a great fighter,” Burnett said. “I have always admired him, but now I must prepare to beat him. I am someone who wants to prove I am the best by beating the best. The WBSS has given me the opportunity to achieve that dream.”
Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s chief boxing officer, is pleased to bring the tournament back to the United Kingdom.
“There are some big UK boxing nights in 2018, but this doubleheader has so much depth and quality,” Sauerland said. “It’s what the WBSS is all about. Following on in the UK from [George] Groves versus [Chris] Eubank Jr. in Manchester, it’s great to bring the biggest show in boxing to Scotland. In addition, we will have a massive UK undercard to complete the fireworks.”
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.