Winning world title cost Josh Taylor thousands – now he’s set to land jackpot

Josh Taylor's first world title triumph COST him £10,000 – now he's determined to hit the jackpot in Las Vegas.

Taylor was crowned world champion two years ago when he outpointed Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow.

He unified the super-lightweight title five months later after a bruising battle with Regis Prograis.

And on Saturday night he will bid to become his county's first ever four-belt undisputed world champion when he takes on Jose Ramirez in Sin City.

But while Taylor has banked a seven-figure sum from his paid career, he was forced to pay back some of his early earnings.

A clause in his Team GB contract compelled him to pay back £5,000 if he went on to win a British belt and double that sum if he won world honours.

Taylor did not fight for a domestic title – but had to stump up after beating Baranchyk in 2019.

"I'm not a huge fan of the set-up down there; the way the programme is run and the way the contracts are done,' he told Mirror Fighting.

"There are other boxers who have been let go from the programme who haven't had to pay a penny and been allowed to turn professional.

"The set-up was good and it had it's benefits. I was benefitting from sparring every week, I was sparring the best lads in the UK in the one gym but I have a bitter taste in my mouth from the rest of it.

"I'm all paid up now, they're not getting another penny out of me!"

Taylor won a silver medal at the 2010 Commonwealth Games before clinching gold four years later in front of 10,000 raucous Scots in Glasgow.

And he believes even beating Ramirez may not top standing on the podium belting out his national anthem.

"Even though I've won world titles, I still think the Commonwealth gold medal is up there at the top because it wasn't just for me, I was representing my country," Taylor added.

"I had the hopes of a nation on my shoulders. I was expected to win the gold medal and I pulled it off and to stand on top of the podium and sing Flower of Scotland was the proudest moment of my career.

"In terms of achievements, world titles and this fight will be huge. If I win this fight it will be my Everest, but in terms of proud moments, it's definitely the Commonwealth Games."

*Josh Taylor was interviewed as he launched a brand partnership with German Doner Kebab


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