Josh Taylor-Humberto Soto set for March 3 in Glasgow, Scotland
Unbeaten junior welterweight Josh Taylor will make his first appearance of 2018 against former two-weight world titleholder Humberto Soto at the SSE Arena in Glasgow, Scotland, on March 3.
Taylor, who is rated No. 8 by THE RING at 140 pounds, is coming off a ninth-round knockout of former lightweight titleholder Miguel Vazquez in November. A world title shot appears imminent, but the Edinburgh southpaw is refusing to overlook the vastly more experienced Soto.
“Humberto is a great fighter,” said Taylor (11-0, 10 knockouts). “I’ve got massive respect for him. It’s my time to shine though and I’ll make sure I come out on top. This could be a great fight for the fans and I’m preparing for 12 hard rounds. Fingers crossed I can get the job done and move one step closer to my dream of winning a world title.”
Soto (66-9-2, 36 KOs) has previously held WBC titles at 130 and 135 pounds. The Mexican technician moved up to junior welterweight permanently in 2011 and his most notable victory at that weight is a 10-round decision over John Molina Jr. Despite being very inactive in recent years, the 37-year-old insists that he is motivated for the Taylor clash.
“I think I am a privileged fighter,” said Soto. “There are millions of fighters, but very few are chosen to be world champions. My dedication and discipline took me to the top and I will prepare properly for this fight. I know I am the away fighter here, but I believe my dedication can mean I leave the ring as a winner. I think this will be a great fight. I will give my heart and soul in the ring and the fans should enjoy this.”
Information provided courtesy of a press release issued by Cyclone Promotions.
Tickets for “Scotland’s Finest’ – Taylor vs. Soto are now on sale priced at £40, £60 and VIP inner ringside at £125 + booking fees. They are available from www.ticketmaster.co.uk Tel: 0844 844 0444.
Tom Gray is Associate Editor for THE RING. Follow him on Twitter: @Tom_Gray_Boxing
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