The fantastic response to Josh Taylor’s undisputed title win continued this morning – as he was on hand to display his world title belts to the British media for the very first time.
The special media event was hosted by Everlast and Sports Direct, and took place at Sports Direct’s newly refurbished flagship store on Oxford Street, with Taylor and his partner Danielle Murphy in attendance to meet the media and celebrate the Tartan Tornado’s incredible victory last month.
Taylor defeated Jose Ramirez in Las Vegas to become undisputed super-lightweight world champion, meaning he now has the WBC, WBA, WBO, IBF and Ring Magazine titles.
A packed room of media was present this morning, and Taylor opened up on his gratitude for the support he has received over the last few weeks, along with his plans for the future.
Taylor said: “It’s been a whirlwind few weeks and it’s still not sunk in yet. I’ve not even managed to sit down and properly reflect yet, but when I do get chance I take a moment here and there to think about how I’ve done it.
“I’ve trained by whole life for this and the hard work and sacrifice has paid off. I need to thank MTK Global too as they have taken the worries and stresses away from me and it’s allowed me to purely focus on the boxing.
“They say that a happy fighter is a dangerous fighter and I’ve never been so happy, and that is telling with the results you see in the ring and in the gym.
“I’ve now got Everlast backing me too as well which is great, as they’re the biggest brand in boxing. Muhammad Ali used Everlast back in the day, so it’s good to have them backing me and supporting my journey, and I’m excited for what will happen moving forward.
“I need to thank my partner Danielle as well. Sometimes you feel like you’re doing this sport on your own, and in the early stages when you’re down and haven’t got much money, it’s good to have someone there who tells you to keep the faith, so she’s been really good for me.
“There are some big fights out there for me now. I would love the Terence Crawford fight, and I do think that is a winnable fight for me. I have to deal with the mandatories too and I would like to honour the fight with Jack Catterall if we can.
“I’m seeing Ken Buchanan on Saturday as well which will be brilliant. I’ve not seen him for over a year, so I’m really looking forward to having a good chat and catching up.”
Taylor’s partner Danielle Murphy added: “We’ve been together for a long time now, and it’s lovely to see how his career has progressed. We got together in 2010 when he was about to go to the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, and now he’s the king of the world.
“After 2012 he didn’t get the result he wanted in the Olympics and he said he was done with boxing, but I told him he has to keep going as he has got so much more to give. He kept plugging away and I’m proud of what he’s achieved. There is so much more on the horizon too.”
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