Boxing champion Josh Taylor has set his sights on a homecoming boxing match in Edinburgh, with Hibs’ home Easter Road a potential venue.
The 28-year-old fighter defeated the previously unbeaten Regis Prograis via a majority decision at the O2 Arena on Saturday night. He made history in doing so, unifying the IBF and WBA super-lightweight titles.
Speaking of his Leith ambition, he told the Edinburgh Evening News: “I think the Jose Ramirez (holder of WBC and WBO belts) fight is massive and I don’t mind it being in America. I would take my Scottish support with me.
“But I would love it to be in Scotland, either at Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road.”
Taylor won’t have to wait long for Hibs meeting
Assistant Hibs manager Robbie Stockdale has since confirmed that plans are already in place to get Taylor to the training ground. Stockdale believes the boxer can provide inspiration to the Hibees squad.
He told the BBC: “We’ve already put the wheels in motion to get him down to the training ground. We’d love to meet him and have a chat. It’s an inspiration isn’t it?
“For him to reach the top of such a difficult profession is absolutely fantastic and me and Paul are really looking forward to meeting him.”
Taylor is now an inspiration to many after a gritty win over Prograis at the weekend. Battered and bruised, the Scotsman battled on to secure a victory. Both he and Prograis produced a masterclass for fans to enjoy.
He’s targeting an Easter Road bout, but first of all, Stockdale will be hoping that champion Taylor can inspire his Hibees players ahead of a big week that includes a League Cup semi-final against Celtic.