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Josh Taylor on Facing Crawford: It’s a Massively Attractive Fight

Josh Taylor, the undisputed world champion at junior welterweight, is still working out his next move.

Back in May, Taylor traveled over to Las Vegas to decision Jose Ramirez to unify the IBF, WBA, WBO, WBC world titles.

Taylor believes the victory restored some order to the sport – which unfortunately has a mountain of title belts in each weight class.

“Respect has to be given to both of us,” Taylor told Sky Sports News. “There are so many belts, so many champions. Who is the real champion? For me, all that dilutes the sport. It’s hard to keep up with who’s the man.

“Myself and Jose had the belts – we put our unbeaten records on the line, we risked everything. That’s what boxing should be about. We never ducked away from the challenge. We embraced it. It keeps the authenticity of the sport alive. There should only be one champion and I can say that it’s me.”

Undefeated contender Jack Catterall is due a mandatory shot, under the WBO.

A fight with Catterall would provide Taylor with the perfect opportunity to have a fight at home.

“I would love my next fight to be in Scotland,” Taylor said. “I owe it to my fans. I’ve not fought at home since Miguel Vazquez [in 2017]. That was the last time I fought in my home city.

“It would be iconic – a once in a lifetime event. It’s got to happen and now is the time.”

But the big fight on his radar, is a possible move to the welterweight division to challenge WBO world champion Terence Crawford.

Crawford is expected to return in the fall, against an opponent to be determined.

Both Taylor and Crawford are promoted by Top Rank – making it a much easier fight to make.

“It’s a great fight. The last time he was in Scotland he went home with the victory over Ricky Burns, a good friend who I highly respect. It’s a massively attractive fight, a sought-after fight. Both sets of fans, from here and in America, would love it,” Taylor said.

“I’ve got pulling power now. We’ve both with Top Rank, the same promoter. There’s a chance [the fight could be in Scotland].”

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