‘The Tartan Tornado’ Josh Taylor (12-0) takes a huge step up to face ‘The Iceman’ Viktor Postol (29-1) at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.
The stylish Scot will take a perfect record into the final eliminator for the WBC world super-lightweight title against the 34-year-old Ukrainian.
Taylor, 27, is the current WBC silver super-lightweight champion and Postol is a former WBC world super-lightweight titleholder whose only defeat in 30 bouts was to pound-for-pound kingpin Terence Crawford in a unification fight in 2016.
You could look at the fight on paper and say that it’s ambitious match-making, but the McGuigans clearly have confidence in their 140-pound charge.
We have all watched Taylor grow into the talent he now is. The way that he got rid of Ohara Davies was such a big statement at the time and he continues to push the boundaries of his capacity to face tougher tests to get to that world title at such an early stage of his professional career, which is in touching distance should he come through this fight with a win.
The Commonwealth Games gold medallist entered the paid ranks in July 2015 and quickly tore through his first six victims with first and second-round finishes before landing the Commonwealth title in just his seventh professional contest with a fifth-round stoppage of Dave Ryan in October 2016.
He defended the belt twice with sixth and seventh-round KOs, respectively, adding the WBC Silver strap in the process. One defence of that green belt against former IBF world lightweight titlist Miguel Vazquez then earned Taylor the no.2 spot in the WBC standings, one beneath his forthcoming foe.
Postol, a 30-fight veteran, was the first to stop the demolition machine that is Lucas Matthysse in 2015 to win the WBC world super-lightweight title, the very same title both fighters are trying to lay their hands on now.
Pound-for-pound kingpin Terence Crawford was the man to ruin the unbeaten Ukrainian’s record when he completely outboxed him in their unification fight in 2016, which remains his only career defeat.
I am not comparing the two fighters in any way here, but I fancy Josh’s skills as a boxer to do the same kind of number on Postol that Crawford managed.
Postol, has authority but not power, he has the upper hand in fight experience, especially at world level, but he isn’t as slick as Taylor and will be an easy target for the rangier Brit.
Taylor needs to fight his best fight, his previous performances suggests that he will do just that, and be constantly switched on and alert in his defence against such a respectable opponent.
‘The Iceman’ is the biggest test that Taylor has come up against, but I still expect Josh to win every round on the way to either a points win or, more likely for me, a stoppage in the championship rounds – my money is on round 10.
The performance should tell the world what we have all known on these shores for some time already!