Boxing News: “My long-term objective is to win a welterweight belt and become a two-weight world champion. I’m confident that I’ll be able to defeat these opponents. Ugas, we sparred in Vegas and had a good time. That’s all I have to say on the subject. It went off without a hitch.”
Josh Taylor has recounted how a sparring session with Manny Pacquiao’s conqueror Yordenis Ugas gave him the confidence to fight in a higher category.
As part of the new era with promoters Top Rank and BOXXER, Taylor will defend his undisputed super-lightweight title against Jack Catterall on December 18.
He had hoped to fight his idol Pacquiao, but the 42-year-old was stunned by Ugas last month and is contemplating his future in the ring.
Taylor, however, is still willing to step up a class to battle WBA champion Ugas, and he revealed details of a sparring session on social media, prompting a strong response from the Cuban.
“Yes. I am confident in my abilities “Taylor informed Sky Sports News about the situation.
“I have objectives, aims, and objectives that I wish to achieve.
“I spend a lot of time visualising and manifesting ideas.
“My long-term objective is to win a welterweight belt and become a two-weight world champion.
“I’m confident that I’ll be able to defeat these opponents.
“That’s because he doesn’t have any opponents who can really get him going. He’ll be pumped for this one.
“It’s his chance to win all of the belts, and he’ll do everything he can to make it happen.
“It is my responsibility to ensure that he does not.
“I’m not trying to be rude, but I’m better than him in every way: boxing ability, speed, timing, power, fighting ability, and boxing ability.
“On December 18, I’ll have to prove it.
“He’ll have watched my fights and believe he’s discovered flaws in my strategy that he can attack.
“I am really confident, and only a particular fighter will be able to defeat me.”
Taylor’s third bout under trainer Ben Davison will be against Catterall.
Taylor most recently defeated Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas, when every super-lightweight crown was on the line, with Davison by his side.
“During the lockdown, I had extra months to get to know Ben, not just on the pads, but as a person,” Taylor said. “It’s developed into a friendship.
“He’s thrown in a few extra flourishes. I’ve ignored my boxing abilities and my entire repertoire in the last couple of battles.
“Those have been resurrected by him.
“To be able to accomplish other things, such as deceit, you must first master the fundamentals.
“The way he reads a battle, the way he pulls the reins away from me. Ben has a knack for understanding when to let me go.”
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