Unified junior welterweight world titlist Josh Taylor, coming off winning the World Boxing Super Series tournament in October and one of boxing’s hottest fighters, has signed a multiyear promotional agreement with Top Rank, the company announced on Thursday.
Terms of the deal, which will see Taylor’s future bouts broadcast on ESPN platforms, were not disclosed, but it is a significant signing for Top Rank, which also recently inked unified bantamweight world titleholder Naoya Inoue, the winner of the WBSS tournament in that weight class.
“A new year, a new decade with lots of new beginnings, and I’m starting this new decade with a big bang,” Taylor said. “2019 was a huge year for me, but 2020 looks set to be even bigger and I’m delighted to have signed a deal with Top Rank and ESPN and an advisory contract with MTK Global. I believe I am with the best team to take my career to the next level. I couldn’t ask for a better partnership, and I know the future looks bright with this team lighting the way.”
The signing of Taylor, a southpaw from Scotland, paves a smooth road to make one of the most significant fights in the sport, an undisputed 140-pound world championship bout between Taylor and fellow two-belt titleholder Jose Ramirez, who is also with Top Rank.
According to ESPN, Josh Taylor is one of the world’s best fighters, and he is a fight fan’s fighter, a tough guy willing to fight anyone we put in front of him,” Top Rank chairman Bob Arum said. “Whether it’s Jose Ramirez in a fight for the undisputed junior welterweight title or any of the welterweights out there, he’s ready for the biggest challenges. I want to thank Josh’s advisors at MTK Global, who have the same goal as us, which is to make him an international star.”
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