Josh Taylor punched his ticket to the World Boxing Super Series semifinals with another dominant performance on a big stage.
Taylor dominated Ryan Martin in Glasgow, Scotland to become the fourth and final semifinalist in the WBSS’s junior welterweight tournament. Taylor ended the fight with a big stoppage victory in the seventh round.
It was a one-sided affair that started with Taylor getting numerous body shots in as Martin was hesitant to throw any big punches. Taylor would utilize his speed and technique to mix his punches and land several combinations, to which Martin did not really have an answer for.
The undefeated Taylor would score a big left hook to the side of Martin’s head that discombobulated him in the seventh round. Martin would then retreat to the ropes and nearly drop to his knees. Taylor would go on to land a body punch but the referee soon stopped the fight.
It’s been a banner year for Taylor, who scored the biggest win of his career up to that point in his last fight during this past summer. Taylor defeated Viktor Postol by unanimous decision after dropping him during the fight to become the mandatory challenger to Jose Ramirez’s WBC junior welterweight title.
With Ramirez not competing in the tournament, Taylor won’t get his shot at the WBC title anytime soon, but he will for another world title in his next fight. Taylor will fight IBF champion Ivan Baranchyk in the World Boxing Super Series semifinals, set to start in early 2019. In the other semifinal bout, interim WBC champion Regis Prograis will fight WBA champion Kiryl Relikh.