Josh Taylor vs Shohjahon Ergashev

Dangerous unbeaten contender targets Josh Taylor

Published On Friday, January 3, 2020By Tim Rickson

Unified champion Josh Taylor is a wanted man

Unified champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12KOs) is the No 1 target for Uzbekistan's Shohjahon Ergashev (17-0, 15KOs) as the dangerous contender closes in on a super-lightweight world title fight.

The unbeaten Uzbek has based his career in Detroit, America, racking up 17 victories, including 15 knockouts, and currently sits at No 6 in the WBA and IBF rankings ahead of his next fight on January 17 against former WBC FECARBOX and Continental Americas champion Adrian Estrella (29-4).

The 28-year-old is stepping up his pursuit of the division's champions and former fighter turned promoter Dmitriy Salita is guiding the 'Descendant of Tamerline', as he is known, towards Scotland's Taylor, who holds the WBA and IBF belts following his impressive win over Regis Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series final.

"I feel Ergashev is the best super-lightweight in the world," Salita told Sky Sports.

"He has grown leaps and bounds and added new dimensions to his game training at the Kronk Gym with Sugarhill Steward.

"Ergashev looked spectacular in his last fight in August and I expect better on January 17. He now not only has power, but also the ring IQ to deliver it in the most precise way.

"He and Josh Taylor would be a spectacular fight in which I would expect Ergashev to shine as the new star in the division."

Not only is Ergashev a part of one of the world's leading gyms, he can now count Lineal heavyweight champion Tyson Fury as his teammate.