Sport Josh Taylor targets Ricky Burns fight after stopping Ohara Davies

02:20  09 july  2017
02:20  09 july  2017 Source:   Press Association

Josh Taylor eyes Edinburgh Castle as venue for Ricky Burns fight

  Josh Taylor eyes Edinburgh Castle as venue for Ricky Burns fight Josh Taylor reckons Edinburgh Castle would be the perfect venue for his attempt to dethrone Ricky Burns as the king of Scottish boxing. The Prestonpans puncher landed the biggest win of his short 10-fight professional career with a stunning seventh-round stoppage of Londoner Ohara Davies.The victory saw the unbeaten Commonwealth champion add Ohara's WBC Silver strap to his collection as he put himself firmly on the path towards potential world prizes.But first of all he has targeted an all-Scottish showdown with former three-time world champion Burns.

Josh Taylor poses after defeating Alfonso Olvera in a super lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I would be happy winning the fight if it happens, but I'm not going out looking for the fight against Ricky ." Ohara Davies during his fight against Derry

Josh Taylor poses after defeating Alfonso Olvera in a super lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I would be happy winning the fight if it happens, but I'm not going out looking for the fight against Ricky ." Ohara Davies during his fight against Derry

Josh Taylor wants a fight with Ricky Burns: Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Day Nine © PA WIRE Sport - 2014 Commonwealth Games - Day Nine

Josh Taylor has set his sights on an all-Scottish showdown with Ricky Burns after producing the biggest win of his career so far against Ohara Davies at Glasgow's Braehead Arena.

The Prestonpans super lightweight puncher stopped his London rival after seven thrilling rounds.

The win was crucial to Commonwealth champion Taylor's hopes of taking his career to the next level.

Now after extending his winning run to 10 straight victories - with nine by knockout - he wants to establish himself as Scotland's new ring king by taking down former three weight world champion Burns.

Barry McGuigan tips Josh Taylor to take over from fellow Scot Ricky Burns

  Barry McGuigan tips Josh Taylor to take over from fellow Scot Ricky Burns Barry McGuigan believes Josh Taylor is ready to take Ricky Burns' crown and declare himself the king of Scottish boxing. The hotly-tipped Edinburgh fighter is shaping up for his biggest test yet when he takes on London light-welterweight prospect Ohara Davies at Glasgow's Braehead Arena on Saturday.The Scot's manager McGuigan is predicting a two-million strong TV audience will tune in for the bout when it is screened live by Channel 5.And he says that will give the 26-year-old the perfect platform to really announce himself to the Scottish public.McGuigan said: "Each fight is acceleration.

Josh Taylor poses after defeating Alfonso Olvera in a super lightweight fight at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. I would be happy winning the fight if it happens, but I'm not going out looking for the fight against Ricky ." Ohara Davies during his fight against Derry

Josh Taylor has left the door open for a potential Scottish super- fight between himself and Ricky Burns after his bout with O ’ Hara Davies tomorrow night at Braehead. The Prestonpans fighter is in supremely confident mood ahead of his clash with the outspoken Londoner

Taylor told Channel 5: “Ricky is a great fighter, was a hero of mine. I think it would be a great fight for the whole of Scotland and it would sell out an arena or something.”

His trainer Shane McGuigan added: “He can fight Ricky Burns and the winner fights for a world title. It'll be a huge fight in Scotland.”

Burns revealed earlier this week he is in talks with Manchester's Anthony Crolla over a potential bout later this year.

But he appeared to admit he would be open to discussions with Taylor's manager Barry McGuigan.

“There's been a lot of talk about my next fight but nothing is set in stone," said the Coatbridge fighter, who watched the fight from ringside. "I know Barry has been calling me out, I'm sure if you put a serious offer out...”

McGuigan predicted a TV audience of two million would tune in for the Braehead clash.

Josh Taylor Beats Ohara Davies Convincingly

  Josh Taylor Beats Ohara Davies Convincingly Josh Taylor beat Ohara Davies with a stoppage in a thrilling contest at Glasgow’s Braehead Arena. Taylor added the WBC Silver super lightweight title to his Commonwealth title along with continuing his undefeated run of 10 matches. The Scotsman came out flying in the third as he sent Davies down to the canvas after a right-hand blow to the chin, but, Davies carried on and landed his own devastating shots. Despite the bravery from Davies, Taylor looked the more dominant fighter as he was pulling off clean punches. Davies had the upper hand in the fifth as he capitalised on a relaxed Taylor despite a powerful right from the Scottish fighter. Following a breather in the fifth round, Taylor continued his dominant display and in the seventh round sent Davies to the canvas twice. Referee Howard Foster was forced to step in and called the fight off 2 minutes and 24 seconds into the seventh.

Josh Taylor has left the door open for a potential Scottish super- fight between himself and Ricky Burns after his bout with O ’ Hara Davies tomorrow night at Braehead. The Prestonpans fighter is in supremely confident mood ahead of his clash with the outspoken Londoner

Josh Taylor added the WBC Silver belt to his Commonwealth title as he stopped Ohara Davies in Taylor came out the sharper in round seven and, in his first fight in Glasgow after three in both Ricky Hatton: David Haye 'Still Got It In Him' After Achilles Injury Miller: Washington Lasted Until 5th

But he believes those kind of numbers will only continue if he can match up his man with quality opposition.

He said: "Ricky is an amazing guy and an amazing fighter but their paths have to pass at some point. What we did today was provide a free-to-air platform on Channel 5 and we want to continue that relationship, but we want fighters going at each other."

The build-up to the fight was marred by a bitter Twitter spat between the fighters.

But it was Taylor who had the last word with a dominant display.

His early barrage saw Davies sink to his knee late in the third round. He held on for four more but could take no more after sustaining a vicious left-right combo from the Scot.

“I knew my superior boxing skills would come into play," said Taylor. "I have always said that. I came out nice and easy, slow, to see what sort of power he had.

“I knew I could take my time and pick my shots better.”

Ohara Davies to block out Braehead Arena noise to focus on Josh Taylor defeat .
Ohara Davies has vowed to block out the wall of noise he will face at Braehead Arena on Saturday night as he focuses on dishing up Josh Taylor's first-ever defeat.Ohara Davies has vowed to block out the wall of noise he will face at Braehead Arena on Saturday night as he focuses on dishing up Josh Taylor's first-ever defeat.

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