What’s Next for Undisputed Champion Josh Taylor After Conquering the Junior-Welterweight Division?

Published 05/23/2021, 12:30 AM EDT


Josh Taylor became the undisputed junior-welterweight champion after a stunning victory over Jose Ramirez. ‘The Tartan Tornado’ showed his class throughout the fight and took home all four belts. So what next for the Scotsman after his impressive victory?

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As the undisputed junior-welterweight champion of the world, Josh Taylor has well and truly conquered the division. ‘The Tartan Tornado’ passed his last test and backed up his words. So who could he defend his belts against?

LONDON, ENGLAND – OCTOBER 26: Josh Taylor celebrates victory over Regis Prograis during the World Boxing Super Series Super-Lightweight Ali Trophy Final at The O2 Arena on October 26, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Stephen Pond/Getty Images)

The 18-0 boxer has no shortage of opponents. Moreover, he could also move up a weight class to challenge himself against the welterweights. This is something Taylor has hinted at in the past. He claimed he would love to face WBO welterweight champion Terence Crawford in a blockbuster event in Scotland.

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In addition, ‘The Tartan Tornado’ could face other challengers in the junior-welterweight division too. Jose Zepeda won his bout on the undercard, which could put him in contention. However, his lackluster performance could deter his chances.

Regis Prograis is another option for Taylor. The pair fought back in 2019, and the Scotsman got the better of the American. However, Prograis gave Taylor his hardest fight yet, and thus, could be in with a chance of a rematch.

READ MORE: Terence Crawford, Shawn Porter, Teddy Atlas, and Others React to Josh Taylor’s Stunning Victory Over Jose Ramirez

Should Josh Taylor move up a division?

The options are plenty for the newly crowned undisputed champion. Moreover, Taylor achieved this feat in just 18 professional fights. This shows Scotsman is always open to facing the best and challenging himself. So would a move up to welterweight make sense?

There is no doubt Taylor will cut it with the best at welterweight. Furthermore, the division is slowly becoming very exciting, with young challengers coming through while the champions are still in their prime.

LAS VEGAS, NV – JANUARY 27: Boxer Josh Taylor poses on the scale during his official weigh-in at MGM Grand Garden Arena on January 27, 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada. Taylor will meet Alfonso Olvera in a super lightweight bout on January 28 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)

In addition, the Crawford bout would be a fantastic event for fans and fighters alike. And after a performance like this, ‘The Tartan Tornado’ could attract the attention of the welterweight champion.

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Therefore, considering he has taken over the junior-welterweight division, it appears a move to welterweight would be the best possible decision for Taylor. However, for now, the Scotsman can enjoy his hard-earned break.

What do you make of the Josh Taylor situation? Do you think he should move up to welterweight to face Terence Crawford?

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Leonardo Carvalho

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Leonardo Carvalho is a Boxing Writer for EssentiallySports. Before working as a boxing web journalist, Leonardo dabbled in roles ranging from an SEO specialist to a Chegg expert. Alongside his current role, Leonardo runs a YouTube channel where he combines his passion for fitness with sports.

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