Why is Josh Taylor Called ‘The Tartan Tornado’?

Published 05/18/2021, 11:30 AM EDT
GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Josh Taylor of Scotland (Tartan shorts), reacts as he knocks down Ivan Baranchyk of Russia (black shorts), 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)


Josh Taylor is one of the best active boxers in the world. The undefeated champion may function under the radar; however, he is one step away from becoming an undisputed champion. So let’s look at his nickname and find out why Josh Taylor goes by ‘The Tartan Tornado’.

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Taylor will take on fellow champion Jose Ramirez on May 22nd to crown the new undisputed champion. And the 30-year-old has promised to live up to his nickname and bring the fight to Ramirez.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – MAY 18: Josh Taylor of Scotland celebrates as he beats 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)

The 17-0 fighter goes by the moniker ‘The Tartan Tornado’ and wears it proudly on his fight trunks. This is a testament to his country.

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Tartan refers to the criss-cross pattern on woolen cloth, which the Scots are famous for wearing as kilts. In addition, Tartan also is a sign of a particular clan since each clan had a unique pattern.

Therefore, the 30-year-old’s nickname shows how proud he is of his heritage. However, it doesn’t stop there. For all his fights, Taylor wears fight trunks with a similar pattern. Thus showing his love for his homeland.

In addition, the tornado part of his moniker comes because of his fighting style. The undefeated champion likes to stand and trade and land a barrage of shots at his opponents.

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Josh Taylor’s love for Scotland goes beyond his nickname

Taylor also won Gold at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. However, his love for his homeland extends beyond this.

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The undefeated champion is an ardent soccer fan and loves Hibernian FC in the Scottish Premier League. He has even visited the stadium to show off his belts to the fans.

GLASGOW, SCOTLAND – NOVEMBER 03: Josh Taylor of United Kingdom celebrates after beating Ryan Martin of USA in the World Boxing Council Silver Super Lightweight Title bout during the Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals – World Boxing Super Series Fight Night at The SSE Hydro on November 3, 2018 in Glasgow, Scotland. (Photo by Mark Runnacles/Getty Images)

Moreover, Taylor revealed that his dream venue for a fight would be back home in Scotland. Thus showing how much his country and heritage mean to him.

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Therefore, it is no surprise that he goes by the nickname ‘The Tartan Tornado.’ And thus far, has lived up to his nickname with stunning displays in the ring.

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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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