“Shove Yer Spoty Right Up Arse”- Josh Taylor Livid on Being Overlooked for a Sporting Award

Published 12/14/2021, 6:30 AM EST
Boxing – Josh Taylor Press Conference – Sports Direct New Flagship Store, London, Britain – June 22, 2021 Josh Taylor during the press conference Action Images via Reuters/Andrew Boyers


Josh Taylor ranks among the biggest fighting names of recent times. The elite pugilist not only became the undisputed super-lightweight champ but he’s also the first from the UK to have achieved the feat. That said, many expected Taylor to sweep the biggest of accolades in his favor for this astonishing achievement. However, the Scottish boxing star didn’t get a place in one of the biggest sporting awards.

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Recently, BBC announced the nominees for the Sports Personality of the Year Award. This list included diver Tom Daley, swimmer Adam Peaty, tennis player Emma Raducanu, footballer Raheem Sterling, Paralympic cyclist Dame Sarah Storey, and Tyson Fury.

‘The Gypsy King’ was the only one from the boxing space to find a place in this list. Citing this list, Taylor took it to Twitter to detail his notion.

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He wrote, May 22nd 2021. First person In the UK to become undisputed world boxing champion in the 4 belt era & hold all the championship belts. #HistoryMaker shove yer SPOTY right up arse” 

Josh Taylor took only one fight in 2021, and this predominantly ranked as his biggest fight of the career. ‘The Tartan Tornado’ in May battled Jose Ramirez for all the super-lightweight titles on the line. Both the fighters presented an immaculate boxing stint, and it was tough to pick a favorite.

Ramirez began the fight on a high note, pressing all the gears to put Taylor on a back step. On the other hand, the Scottish boxer played smart, and he waited for his adversary to commit that one mistake. Ramirez did the same, and Taylor knocked him down twice in the fight.

Josh Taylor – A smart technician of the sport

Ramirez employed power and force, whereas Taylor employed fight IQ and power to get the job done.

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‘The Tartan Tornado’ was extremely smart when it came to his choices of punches. On top of all this, Taylor was right at the peak of his defense, because he dodged the heat coming off Ramirez’s hands.

In all, Taylor put up a fine performance to showcase why he’s one of the true greats in the 140-pound segment.

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What do you make out of Taylor’s above comments?

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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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