Undefeated WBC Silver Super Lightweight champion, Josh Taylor, and the WBC number one contender, Viktor Postol, came face to face for the first time today ahead of their final eliminator for the WBC World Super Lightweight title on June 23rd at The SSE Hydro, in Glasgow, Scotland.
Taylor understands this is the biggest test of his career to date, and has no intention of letting this opportunity go to waste.
“It’s great to be fighting in Glasgow. Every time I’ve been here since the Commonwealth Games the reception has been unbelievable.” remarked a confident Taylor. “This is definitely the biggest fight of my career to date, and the atmosphere on fight night should give me the extra 10% I need.
“Viktor is someone I have a lot of respect for and he’s shared a ring with some top opposition, but I won’t waste this chance to fight for a world title. I don’t know exactly how the fight is going to unfold on June 23, but I know that it’ll be a Josh Taylor win. There’s no way I’m losing this fight in front of those fans.”
Postol noted that while he understands Taylor is a live opponent he still wants to win via stoppage and move toward reclaiming the world title he lost to Terence Crawford in 2016.
“It’s a big pleasure to be here. I know that Josh Taylor is confident, otherwise he would not have taken this fight.” said Postol. “He is a good boxer, he has a lot of knockouts and I know how dangerous he is. It’s a hard fight to predict, but I know that we both want to win by KO. I hope that everybody watches on June 23, and I think I can take a big step towards becoming a world champion once again.”
Taylor’s promoter, Barry McGuigan, believes Postol is still a danger-man at 140lbs, but is confident the Ukranian hitman will bring out the best in Josh, allowing him to showcase his skills on the world stage.
“This is the most important fight of Josh’s career. It’s the final hurdle before we get to fight for the world title, and it’s against a very dangerous opponent.” McGuigan said. “It’s going to be a fantastic night of boxing, and I really think Josh will show us what he’s got. He’ll be magnificent, and there’s no doubt about that. Viktor Postol is someone we have a great deal of respect for, and he’s definitely the best fighter to travel to Scotland since Terence Crawford. This is a major fight for world boxing, and we’re very excited about it.”
Bantamweight sensation Lee McGregor also made an appearance at the press conference to announce his fight with Tanzania’s Goodluck Mrema for the IBF Youth Bantamweight World title as part of the Taylor vs. Postol undercard.