Josh Taylor dazzles as he stops Ryan Martin to reach World Boxing Super Series semi-finals and cement his reputation as one of the best in Britain
- Josh Taylor stopped Ryan Martin to reach World Boxing Super Series semi-finals
- The Tartan Tornado dominated from round one against his American opponent
- Taylor impressed with brilliant punch picking in front of a raucous home crowd
- Next up for the Scotsman is IBF super-lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk
The future of British boxing is safe in the bedazzling Scottish hands of Josh Taylor.
The legendary Ken Buchanan’s tip as his own potential successor blitzed an undefeated American in Glasgow’s SSE Arena to set himself up for a world title shot in his next fight.
Taylor goes on from destroying Ryan Martin in seven rounds to challenge newly-crowned IBF super-lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-finals of the latest World Super Series tournament.
Josh Taylor stopped Ryan Martin to reach the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series
Scotsman dominated from the first bell to keep his unbeaten record and lofty reputation
That should be a more demanding test against a busy Belarusian but after this performance he heads towards that title fight in the New Year as favourite.
The Flying Scotsman steamed to every round against the man from Chattanooga – nickname Blue Chip not Choo-Choo which is just as well since his train never left the station.
Taylor takes nothing for granted, saying: ‘Baranchyk is a good champion and a very busy fighter but I’m ready for anything now.’
So he is, as he comes into his prime at 27……close to the complete article.
After Ryan Burnett’s crushing disappointment it fell to Taylor to come to the rescue of British boxing this Glasgow night – and hopefully rejuvenate Scottish prize-fighting.
Taylor’s body work was particularly impressive as he pummeled the mid-section of Martin
The American failed to heed the warnings of his corner, who pleaded with him to throw more
The SSE Hydro was alive to some 6,000 of Taylor’s countrymen singing Flower of Scotland and roaring their new great hope into the Glasgow ring.
Taylor clearly caught the mood, going after Martin from the start of a first round in which the American barely threw a punch.
He was crisp and accurate with his punching, brisk of movement and dominant behind his southpaw jab.
With Martin ding little more than try to flex the stiffness from his arms, Taylor looked as if he was working the heavy bag in the gym.
Although Martin’s face was already marking up by the third, Taylor’s work to the body was particularly impressive.
It was beginning to look like an exhibition as Taylor went through the gears, with Martin looking increasingly at a loss against speed of hand and foot.
Taylor continued to apply the pressure before eventually ending the fight in the seventh
Next up for Taylor is newly-crowned IBF super-lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk
This was brilliant stuff from Taylor and his fans greeted the slickest of his work with applause as well as roars.
The wear and tear was taking its toll of Martin and Taylor’s opened a cut beside his left eye in the sixth.
The end was nigh.
Another lightning burst of punches from Taylor sent Martin tumbling knee-wards to the canvas. Although he was clutching the back of his head in protest at the final right referee Victor Loughlin called a halt as Taylor piled In for the kill – and the stoppage stood despite Martin getting to his feet.
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