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    Default Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Good move to smash it stateside I reckon 😎

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Makes a fight with Ramirez likely, though I reckon he will fight Saucedo first.

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Top Rank lands another big fish, brings unified champion Josh Taylor to ESPN

    Top Rank now has both of the winners from the most recent World Boxing Super Series under contract after inking super lightweight Josh Taylor to a promotional deal, bringing the unbeaten southpaw to the ESPN platform in the U.S.

    Top Rank signed bantamweight winner Naoya Inoue to a promotional deal in November after Inoue defeated Nonito Donaire in Japan. Inoue was chosen as the 2019 Yahoo Sports Fighter of the Year and his bout with Donaire was chosen as the Yahoo Sports Fight of the Year.



    Signing Taylor, the IBF-WBA 140-pound champion, is a big move for Top Rank in a number of ways. Top Rank has promoted WBC-WBO champion Jose Ramirez since he turned pro out of the 2012 Olympics and the signing provides a direct path for a unification fight between the two. Ramirez is scheduled to defend his titles in China next month against Victor Postol.

    There is also a lucrative rematch with Regis Prograis that could be made. Taylor defeated the previously unbeaten Prograis in the finals of the WBSS.

    It’s important for Top Rank as well in its battle with DAZN, the online streaming service which has used majority owner Len Blavatnik’s huge checkbook to land a number of the sport’s top fighters to its platform.

    But Top Rank has five of Yahoo Sports’ Top 10 pound-for-pound fighters in the world under contract — No. 2 Terence Crawford, No. 3 Vasiliy Lomachenko, No. 5 Inoue, No. 8 Artur Beterbiev and No. 9 Ramirez — with Taylor just missing out.

    Along with lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury, that gives it a deep roster of major stars and/or elite boxers to put on ESPN and its streaming service, ESPN+.

    “A new year, a new decade with lots of new beginnings, and I’m starting this new decade with a big bang,” Taylor said. “2019 was a huge year for me, but 2020 looks set to be even bigger and I’m delighted to have signed a deal with Top Rank and ESPN and an advisory contract with MTK Global. I believe I am with the best team to take my career to the next level. I couldn't ask for a better partnership, and I know the future looks bright with this team [leading] the way.”

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    hopefully taylor continues to fight the best, i'd hate to see this move slow his momentum
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    Quote Originally Posted by TIC View Post
    hopefully taylor continues to fight the best, i'd hate to see this move slow his momentum
    Ramirez is with top rank and that’s by far the best match to be made at that weight. Then if he wins and moves up, he can fight Crawford

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    Quote Originally Posted by powerpuncher View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by TIC View Post
    hopefully taylor continues to fight the best, i'd hate to see this move slow his momentum
    Ramirez is with top rank and that’s by far the best match to be made at that weight. Then if he wins and moves up, he can fight Crawford
    taylor v ramirez this year is great, i just don't want to see it dragged out
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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    That is a great get and a star guaranteed to only grow bigger.

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    I see that Barry is not happy and may start legal proceedings.
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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Taylor v Ramirez is a nailed on FOTY contender 😎

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Hard to argue with where Cyclone have taken Taylor but there's a pattern forming here with the McGuigans (Barry I reckon). Hopefully he doesn't spend an extended amount of time out of the ring due to legal bollocks. Will be the end of Taylor and Shane though, that's the pattern.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Master View Post
    I see that Barry is not happy and may start legal proceedings.
    Tell me something new ! If he never ripped them off all the time, they wouldn’t keep leaving him ,would they ?
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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    This is a smart move. Will increase Taylor's fan base and exposure and open the door to big battles

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez possible in late 2020 – Bob Arum

    https://www.boxing247.com/boxing-new...ob-arum/139870

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Quote Originally Posted by smashup View Post
    Josh Taylor vs. Jose Ramirez possible in late 2020 – Bob Arum

    https://www.boxing247.com/boxing-new...ob-arum/139870
    It should be a sure thing. There is no promotional company in the way and it’s the obvious fight to make. I can’t imagine either ducking the other. Maybe each one gets a tune up fight before.

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    Default Re: Josh Taylor signs with Top Rank

    Top Rank with some major recent signings, hopefully Postol doesn't upset the apple cart. No reason Taylor and Ramirez shouldn't fight by the years end, only questions are, will the sanctioning bodies get in the way and how many belts will make it to the fight?
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