Cyclone Promotions present a big night of boxing at Royal Highland Centre. Risk vs Reward features Scottish star and Commonwealth super-lightweight champion Josh Taylor as he faces his biggest challenge yet in the shape of Miguel Vazquez. Doors open at 4.30pm and tickets are available.
Josh Taylor was in sublime form last time out at Braehead Arena in July when he settled his grudge with London’s Ohara Davies in emphatic style. The Tartan Tornado had too much for Davies and dropped his man in the third round before a barrage of punches in the seventh forced Davies to the canvas twice before referee Howard Foster stepped in to end the fight. The stoppage win for Taylor gave him the WBC Silver belt to add to his Commonewealth title, which he defends tonight.
Taylor is stepping up another level this evening to take on Miguel Vazquez from Mexico. Fighting out of Guadalajara the 30-year-old Mexican has fought at the very highest level winning the IBF lightweight world title in 2010 which he successfully defended on numerous occasions for four years. Now stepping up a weight Vazquez has only lost five times against 39 victories and will not be intimidated by what is guaranteed to be a noisy hometown support for Taylor, or the Scotsman’s burgeoning reputation.
Taylor is a graduate from the ‘Class of Glasgow 2014’ – leaving with a Commonwealth Games gold medal – and the Edinburgh protege has not put a foot wrong since turning pro with Cyclone Promotions, winning all nine of his bouts. Learning fast under the tutelage of his manager and International Boxing Hall of Famer Barry McGuigan, and McGuigan’s son Shane who trains him, Taylor is tipped by no less than Scottish boxing legend Ken Buchanan as a future world champion.
The chief support features another rising star on the Scottish boxing scene, Jason Easton, who goes in against Josef Zahradnik from the Czech Republic. Both fighers are unbeaten, with 10 and 9 wins respectively, and at stake is the IBO Inter-Continental super-lightweight title. Also on a packed undercard is Chantelle Cameron, a former British amateur star, who continues her professional career against the experienced another Mexican, Edith Ramos, who has only lost once in eight fights. At stake in this one is the IBO Inter-Continental female lightweight title.
Action starts at 5pm.
Tickets in advance for Josh Taylor v Miguel Vazquez are available via the ‘Get Tickets’ link.
Tickets on the night at subject to availability. Checking the Cyclone Promotions Twitter feed before travelling is advised.