Barry McGuigan has told Josh Taylor to forget what he knows about Mexican fighters ahead of next week’s fight in Edinburgh.
Taylor defends his WBC Silver super-lightweight title against Miguel Vasquez in front of the Channel Five cameras on Saturday, November 11.
Vazquez was an outstanding world lightweight champion – he made six defences of the IBF strap between 2010 and 2014 – but by his own admission, he’s no Marco Antonio Barrera or Erik Morales.
“People may complain about my style,” he said once, “but I base my style off the fact I don’t want to get hit.”
McGuigan said of the 30 year old: “He’s the most un Mexican Mexican fighter you will ever see.
“He is a Mexican who doesn’t fight like a Mexican at all.
“He’s on his toes, flies around the ring, but he’s tough and he can punch.
“I wanted to give Josh a different sort of test.
“He has got someone who has fought the best in the world – people like Timothy Bradley and ‘Canelo’ – and has never been stopped.
“Josh will need to be thinking his way through the whole fight and will get hit and have to hit back.
“It’s a proper test and I think Josh will…
“It’s a proper test and I think Josh will win emphatically. I think he will stop him.”
Taylor’s emphatic stoppage of Ohara Davies this summer put him at No 6 in the WBC rankings and should he beat Vazquez, there’s a chance he will then challenge for European honours.
Anthony Yigit defends the belt against Joe Hughes in Leicester on Saturday, December 2.
Hughes, an honest pro from Malmesbury in Wiltshire, admits his shot has “come out of the blue,” but feels he deserves a change of luck after drawing with Tyrone Nurse for the British title in April.
“100 percent I thought I won that fight,” said the 27 year old.
“The pIan was to try to get myself into position to fight for the British title again – that’s always been the goal – and then this came up.”
Chantelle Cameron is pencilled in to fight in Leicester – five junctions up the M1 from her Northampton home – provided she beats Edith Ramos for the IBO Intercontinental lightweight title in Edinburgh.
— Chantelle Cameron (@chantellecam) April 27, 2015
The obvious target for Cameron is Katie Taylor, crowned WBA champion on the Anthony Joshua-Carlos Takam undercard in Cardiff.
“I’m Irish and don’t want to be accused of treachery,” said McGuigan, “but for me, Chantelle is the No 1 female fighter out there.
“I know Katie beat her in the amateurs, but the pros is Chantelle’s game.
“I’m sure she will win a number of world titles.”