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Josh Taylor vs Viktor Postol made for June 23rd in Glasgow

Josh Taylor vs Viktor Postol made for June 23rd in Glasgow

Josh Taylor

Cyclone Promotions have announced that unbeaten super lightweight prospect Josh Taylor will take a huge step up on June 23rd when the WBC ‘silver’ champion faces Viktor Postol at Glasgow’s SSE Hydro.

Josh Taylor vs Viktor Postol

Making just his 13th professional appearance, the 2014 Commonwealth Games gold medalist will know that this is undoubtedly his biggest challenge to date.

After making his debut in the paid ranks back in 2015, Taylor (12-0, 11 KOs) has continued to impress and the 27-year-old is now ranked #2 by the WBC in the super lightweight division. With the World Boxing Council agreeing for Taylor and Postol to be a final eliminator for Jose Ramirez, the Edinburgh native will know he is one fight away from earning his first world title shot.

After capturing the WBC’s ‘silver’ title back in July 2017 by knocking out Ohara Davies, Taylor has made two successful defenses and with a KO ratio of 92% ‘The Tartan Tornado’ has a growing reputation in Britain.

“To know I’ll be in line for a world title shot if I get the win has really put the fire in my belly, and you can expect to see the best Josh Taylor to date on June 23rd. The support in Scotland is always phenomenal, and I can’t wait to make it another night to remember for everyone involved.”

As for Viktor Postol (29-1, 12 KOs), the former WBC super lightweight champion has earnt the reputation as a rugged contender in a career spanning over a decade. A fighter who has mixed it with the best the 140Ibs division has to offer, Postol picked up his WBC strap by brutally knocking out current welterweight titleholder Lucas Matthysse back in 2015.

However, the 34-year-old Ukranian was unable to make a single successful defense when he dropped his belt and picked up his only professional defeat when he came up short against pound-for-pound great Terence Crawford nine months later.

While Postol was outpointed by Crawford in his unification showdown last year, the Los Angeles based fighter has shared a ring with the likes of Crawford, Matthysse and Yvan Mendy, Postol is still ranked as the #3 in the RING Magazine 140Ibs charts and believes he is ready to claim a second world title.

“Taylor is a tough opponent and he had a good amateur career, he is a hard puncher as you can see from his pro record, and he changes stances throughout his fights so I will need to be sharp,” Postol said.

“The win in this fight against Josh Taylor will help me to approach my goal of becoming world champion once again. Taylor is a worthy opponent and I am fully focused on this fight.”

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