Josh Taylor Talks About Ken Buchanan’s Influence in His Career

Published 05/12/2021, 1:00 PM EDT
LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 28: Josh Taylor is shown after his super lightweight fight against Alfonso Olvera at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 28, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor won by unanimous decision. (Photo by Steve Marcus/Getty Images)


On May 22nd, Josh Taylor will take on the toughest test of his boxing career. The Scottish boxer will touch gloves with Jose Ramirez in a prolific undisputed super-lightweight title clash. Ahead of the fight, Taylor spoke to Top Rank Boxing. Here, the unified super-lightweight kingpin talked about the influence of the Scottish boxing legend, Ken Buchanan.

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He said, “I first came across Ken Buchanan when I was about 16-17. My very first coach was actually Kenny’s son, and he told me his dad was Ken Buchanan. Scotland’s only undisputed world champion and I didn’t know who he was when he mentioned it.”

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As a child, Taylor, who was intrigued by the sport of boxing, wasn’t really aware of who Ken Buchanan was. However, he met the legend in his teenage boxing days, wherein Buchanan shared some extensive boxing lessons with him.

Buchanan debuted in the sport in 1965. He fought many battles in his boxing stint and proved his mettle to one and all. The Edinburgh native, who put Scotland on the boxing map, inspired budding boxers like Josh Taylor and more.

With a string of losses at the end, Buchanan retired with a pro-boxing track record of 61-8. Despite going out on the losing spectrum, Buchanan still etched his name in the rich boxing history.

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Is Josh Taylor on the ideal pathway to achieve greatness?

The Tartan Tornado‘ is one of the best super-lightweights at present. With his offensive approach to the game, Taylor has found some cosmic success in the sport. Furthermore, with his paramount prowess, the 30-year-old has even retained his undefeated streak.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Josh Taylor of Scotland after beating Ivan Baranchyk of Russia on points during the WBSS Super Lightweight Semi Final IBF World Championship fight at the Muhammad Ali Trophy Semi-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on May 18, 2019 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

But the ultimate test for the southpaw lies in the upcoming 12-round war against Jose Ramirez. This fight is probably the biggest opportunity Taylor has earned to signify his spot as the ultimate champion at the 140-pound weight class.

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That said, Taylor is unquestionably on the right pathway to add the legendary status to his name. Also, it’ll be interesting to see how he fares in a fight against Ramirez on May 22.

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan

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Prathamesh Singh Chauhan is a Boxing Author at EssentiallySports. He is a graduate from the International Institute of Sports Management who combines his love for sports, particularly combat sports, and his flair for writing and analysis to help him in his day-to-day work. He has prior professional experience with sporting organizations such as Star Sports, Khelo India, and NBA.

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