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I’d Love To Fight Ugas, Crawford Is The Mega-Fight, Says Taylor

Josh Taylor admitted to Boxing Social that any ideas of becoming a two-weight world champion may have to wait until 2023 and should he move to welterweight the prime target isn’t solely Terence Crawford.

Taylor defends all of his super-lightweight titles against WBO mandatory challenger Jack Catterall next month in Glasgow but questions of moving to 147lbs are always part of a conversation with the unbeaten Scot. And while his former Top Rank stablemate was always the name on everyone else’s lips as a future opponent the man from Edinburgh also has his eye on the WBA champion Yordenis Ugas.

“I’d love to fight Yordenis Ugas. All these lads that have got titles at welterweight are in my sights,” Taylor told Rob Tebbutt.

“I believe if that fight happened it would be a great fight. It’s one that’s very much possible to happen in the near future.”

Taylor and Crawford met one another during the latter’s preparations for his WBO title defence against Shawn Porter and then bumped into one another recently at an event in Dubai.

“That’s the mega-fight,” he says of facing ‘Bud’.

“I believe he’s the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet. Challenging myself against the likes of these guys would be brilliant. I believe I’m up there and I’m capable of winning the fight, I know I am. I’m looking forward to it, see what happens.

“I could probably do my whole career at 140 if I really wanted and I may well stay at 140. We’ll see what happens in this fight against Jack [Catterall]. There’s plenty of big fights out there at 140 and 147.”

Another possibility is a rematch with his old foe Regis Prograis. The two men put on a boxing classic in their fight of the year contender in 2019 where Taylor emerged triumphant to unify the super-lightweight division in their World Boxing Super Series final.

“This time around it’s a much more easier fight, a much more straightforward fight for myself,” Taylor said. 

“I’ve developed so much. I had a lot of personal issues leading up to that fight. I bottled all that up and it showed in my performance as well. Just fighting fire with fire instead of using my boxing brain. At the minute it’s not on my radar. I’ve been there and done it. I’m looking to do other things but having said that you can’t rule it out. He’s a good fighter, he’s a good guy as well. We could do it at some point.”

To watch the interview with Josh Taylor in full click here