This weekend will witness the World Boxing Super Series quarter-final, contested between the division’s consensus number one Josh Taylor who will take on the unbeaten Ryan Martin in the hostile surroundings for the away fighter at SSE Hydro in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor comes into the bout winning all thirteen of his fights, a number unlucky to some, most notably former world champion Viktor Postol who was on the losing end of a unanimous decision last time out at the exact same venue.
It will be the third time in succession that Taylor has fought in front of his home crowd, beating the aforementioned Postol, Winston Campos and knocking out another former world champion in Miguel Vasquez.
“I’m delighted to be back in Glasgow. The Hydro is now my home. Every performance I’m having there, I’m getting stronger and the fans are getting bigger and bigger, and noisier”
They believe in me, and there is absolutely no way there is anybody who’s going to beat me in there anytime, and especially on Saturday. I’m feeling confident.
It’s long been said that Champions strive under pressure, the added expectation brings a new level of performance, a trait which is shared by Taylor.
“I don’t feel any pressure. I actually love these big events. I love the big nights. I love the big occasions. When the big occasions arrive, I turn up. I love it. I thrive under the big lights.“
in front of him on Saturday night, he has an unknown quantity to the more casual observer on these shores but one that an American audience will already be familiar with, labelled as a can’t miss blue chip prospect by some of the most knowledgeable boxing scribes. he will enter the contest with an unblemished resume of 22 without loss beating the Amir Khan-conqueror Bredis Prescott in his last outing unanimously.
It would be a daunting proposition for most but one that Martin anticipates with excitement.
Martin has only fought outside of the States once which was way back in 2015 where he stopped Miguel Soto in Puerto Rico and will be hoping to make it second-time lucky on his travels, walking into the Lion’s den he says he won’t be phased by the occasion.
“I don’t mind fighting in Scotland, for me, it’s just another ring,” said Martin (22-0, 12 KOs) who trains at The Summit in Big Bear, California under the guidance of famous coach Abel Sanchez.
“I need to go there and do what I do best; showcase my skills and come out victorious. I know Taylor is a good boxer but nothing overwhelming”
“I believe I’m faster, more athletic and just as strong as him. I think my speed is going to play a key difference.”
Fans at the SSE Hydro can look forward to a spectacular fight, vows Martin.
“I have heard that the crowd in Scotland is different from what I am used to,” said the challenger “But I will soak it all in and stay focused. I am a boxer-puncher, I love to entertain, I love to excite people, to press action! I have nothing to lose. The pressure is all on Josh Taylor.”