Josh Taylor explains how a golf accident put him on his way to the world title
Josh Taylor has revealed how a golf accident helped him lead to world title glory.
Taylor is looking to become the first British fighter to hold all four belts in a division when he takes on Jose Ramirez for the undisputed welterweight title in Las Vegas in the early hours of Sunday.
The undefeated Scotsman holds the WBA Super and IBF crowns and says he started fighting after a golf accident after a child left him with a scar on his face.
His cousin accidentally hit him with a golf club and he lashed out at anyone who taunted him about his injury.
“The scar was pretty big and thick when I was younger and I used to laugh at that,” Tartan Tornado said. “People insulted me and I picked on because I didn’t feel safe.
“Because I was little they thought I was an easy target, but I was never an easy target, I would defend myself.
“It would be a shock to most people if I could fight.”
The golf accident was a traumatic experience for Taylor.
“I was about 10 years old and I played golf with my cousin,” said the skillful southpaw. “I was standing right behind him and his follow-through took me right in the face.
“I put my hand on my face and when I pulled my hand away it was covered in blood, just completely covered in blood.
“I was in the ambulance laughing and then the next thing I knew I woke up with this huge thing on my face. I had to eat through a straw for the next six weeks and I lived on Wotsits.
Taylor, 30, who is 17-0, takes on WBC and WBO title holder Ramirez at the Theater, Virgin Hotels and is thrilled to be headlining in Vegas after watching so many big fights there.
His only regret is that his family and friends cannot be there to support him due to travel restrictions linked to the coronavirus.
“I loved the fights of Pacquiao, De La Hoya and Ricky Hatton,” he said. “I watched all of the Mayweather grow up so I’m really excited to be involved in a fight in Vegas because it’s the mecca of boxing.
“My friends and family have been supportive of me from day one so I would have liked nothing more than to have them at ringside, cheer me up and see me become the undisputed world champion in the biggest fight of my career.
“Instead, I’ll just have to take the win without them and then bring all the belts home to show them off.”
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