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SFA Want Hampden Park To Stage Josh Taylor’s Next Fight

The Scottish Football Association has put forward Hampden Park as a venue to stage Josh Taylor’s first world title defence.

The undisputed super-lightweight champion from Edinburgh looks set to defend his WBO title against long-time mandatory challenger Jack Catterall later this summer.

Taylor now holds all four world titles, as well as the Ring magazine belt, after defeating Jose Ramirez in an absorbing encounter in Las Vegas at the weekend.

The Scot has longed to fight at Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road, the home of his beloved Hibernian Football Club. But Scotland’s national stadium has been put forward as a possibility by the Scottish Football Association’s Chief Executive Ian Maxwell.

Speaking to The Herald, Maxwell said: “Josh Taylor has just gone and become the undisputed world champion. Why can’t he have his next fight in the National Stadium with 50,000 plus Scottish fans cheering him on? There is absolutely no reason why that can’t happen and those are the things that we, as a business, need to be looking at to generate revenue.”

The Chief Executive said that due to the Covid-19 pandemic £6m has been lost and they are looking at ideas to recover the deficit.

Scottish football has had no crowds in club’s stadiums during the 2020-2021 season, but Hampden looks set to welcome fans back through the turnstiles when it hosts four Euro 2020 matches. The first of which will be on June 14.