Josh Taylor out to 'make statement' in Vazquez bout
The Prestonpans boxer takes on former world champion Miguel Vazquez on Saturday.
Josh Taylor is out to make a statement in the super-lightweight division by beating former world champion Miguel Vazquez.
The Prestonpans boxer takes on the experienced Vasquez at Edinburgh's Royal Highland Centre on Saturday.
Taylor stopped Londoner Ohara Davies in the seventh round in July to add the WBC Silver belt to 2014 Commonwealth Games gold and take his undefeated run to ten matches.
But the 26-year-old knows he faces a step up against Mexican Vazquez and has undertaken a gruelling 14-week training camp to get himself in top condition.
"I'm expecting a technical, tricky 12 rounds," said Taylor.
"I think it's going to be very, very technical and a very tricky, awkward fight but I think it will get hairy at times as well, because he can fight, he can do it all. He can box, he can move and he can fight.
"So I'm expecting a very tough fight but one that I am fully confident of coming out on top in, and I'm looking to make a statement and put in a good performance, be nice and strong and dominate him."
Vasquez has suffered five defeats in 34 contests but only when faced with world-class opposition.
Such a record leaves Taylor expecting it could well go the distance when the pair square off in front of a lively crowd in the capital.
He said: "I think I'll have to be patient, I've been preparing for a hard 12 rounds so I've got 36 minutes of boxing to do, it's a long time to be in a ring.
"So I need to be patient, I can't burn out in the first couple of rounds. But I'm more than confident in my endurance and my stamina to last at whatever pace the fight goes."
Taylor added: "In terms of the crowd they are going to be mad, they always make a lot of noise and they are always going to be shouting and singing.
"So I'm expecting another great atmosphere and I can't wait to get in there on Saturday and hopefully deliver the goods again."