WBO lightweight champion Ricky Burns has backed Scottish amateur lightweight ace Josh Taylor to strike gold at the London Olympics.
Burns, the reigning WBO Lightweight Champion, will be watching closely as Taylor aims to win Scotland’s first Olympic boxing gold medal since the great Dick McTaggart 56-years-ago.
Taylor, 21, is Scotland’s sole representative in the Team GB squad and starts his lightweight campaign on July 29 at the ExCeL.
Scottish hero Burns is deep in preparations for his domestic blockbuster showdown with English rival Kevin Mitchell on Saturday 22nd September at Glasgow’s SECC, but will make sure he watches Taylor in action.
"I’ll be giving Josh my full support in the biggest challenge of his life so far in the Olympics,” Said Burns.
"I’m proud of what I’ve achieved so far in my career in winning two world titles at two weights and there’s plenty more to come, but I turned pro when I was still young and there will always be that feeling that I missed out on the Olympics and the chance to win a gold medal and stand on the podium,"
"Josh is living the dream and I hope he does really well and comes back with the gold for Scotland, that would be amazing for Scottish sport to have the gold medalist and the world champion,"
"The lightweight division looks pretty tough with Ukrainian Vasyl Lomachenko who’s the top man out there, plus there’s the Italian Domenico Valentino and America’s Jose Ramirez, but Josh has got plenty of experience behind him now and he could be the surprise of the games. He’s just got to stay focused and do the business."
Burns will also invite Taylor to be his ringside guest for his title defence against Mitchell, which will be televised live and exclusive on BoxNation (Sky Ch. 437/Virgin Ch. 546).
He added, "It’s going to be a fantastic night in Scotland with me against Mitchell and it will be a packed out SECC on the night so it would be great opportunity for Josh to be ringside and announced to the crowd after his Olympic adventure.”