Josh Taylor believes he is finally getting the recognition he deserves as he eagerly awaits his world title defense against Jack Catterall next year.
Victory over Jose Ramirez in May saw the Scottish fighter become undisputed world champion, while also holding victories over top-tier rivals Regis Prograis, Viktor Postol and Ivan Baranchyk.
However, the 30-year-old hears the fight against Catterall in Glasgow on February 26, live Sky Sports, is the perfect stage to cement yourself as one of the greats.
Speaking exclusively to Sky Sports News, Taylor said: “It has been a very proud year for me.
“I feel that now I am getting the recognition I deserve. I think I’ve deserved it for a long time, but now I’m on the best platform.
“My fights will now be shown to the general public here [in the UK] and in America too, so my profile will only go through the roof now, especially if I keep getting the right results. “
Though Taylor taunted Catterall about his tactics at a recent press conference, the WBC, WBA, IBF and WBO super light title holder is wary of the threat his challenger poses if he’s not at his best.
Catterall is also unbeaten with a 26-0 record and a former British and WBO Intercontinental Champion and over his opponent, Taylor said: “I am preparing for 12 tough rounds.
“He is an excellent fighter, undefeated and left handed like me.
“He’s sort of a fighter under pressure and he also likes to box a little bit, so he has a little bit of everything.
“I’ve got my hands full and I have to make sure I’m out there in shape and if so, the night won’t come close to me.
“I don’t think it’s going to come anywhere close, but it’s up to me to go there and prove it.”
Sky Sport Boxing Program
Saturday 29 January – BOXXER in Cardiff
Chris Eubank Jr versus Liam Williams
Claressa Shields vs Ema Kozin – IBF, WBA and WBC middleweight titles
Saturday 19th February – BOXXER in Manchester – Sky Sports Box Office
Amir Khan vs Kell Brook
Saturday 26 February – Top Rank in Glasgow
Josh Taylor vs Jack Catterall – undisputed super light titles