By Ben Green
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Josh Taylor’s rapid rise to prominence on the boxing scene could herald a ‘Clash of the Tartans’ bout with Ricky Burns in the near future.
It’s a potentially mouth-watering prospect for Scottish boxing fans – the Edinburgh golden boy Taylor versus one of Scotland’s most cherished boxers of the 21st century in Ricky Burns.
But the ‘Rickster’ has endured a turbulent few years – having lost five times since 2014; a devastating decline that’s seen some boxers retire for such a record.
On the flip side of the coin – Josh Taylor has been climbing the pugilist ladder with some style.
Taylor’s eminent rise has given huge hope to even the most pessimistic of Scottish fans – as many pundits predict a great future ahead for the boy from Prestonpans.
His preeminence was greatly personified last Saturday, as the Commonwealth gold medallist achieved an unprecedented knockout victory over veteran Miguel Vazquez – something both Canelo Álvarez and Timothy Bradley failed to do.
Under the tutelage of Shane McGuigan, Taylor has flourished – his emphatic knockout over Ohara Davies back in July highlighted his prowess and potential.
And now, with both boxers heading in different career directions – could they meet in the middle?
After Taylor’s fight with Vazquez, trainer Shane McGuigan, son of famed Barry McGuigan, said: “He’s just stopped a guy who’s fought Canelo twice, Timothy Bradley and all the top names and defended the belt for four years.
“He has got it all but he has to realise that there are some things you can’t teach and he’s got to learn them when he’s out there.”
Experience is something the 34-year-old Burns has over his Scottish counterpart – but Taylor has all the tools to become a formidable force in the welterweight, or even lightweight division.
While Burns is eyeing up a rematch with Anthony Crolla, Taylor will be hoping for a fight with European champion Anthony Yigit in the near future.
But could we witness a domestic fight between these two Scots in the not too distant future?
Watch this space.