BBN visit Bonnie Scotland to chew the fat with 29-year-old light welterweight debutant, Martin Taylor from Livingstone, West Lothian.
Taylor embarks upon his professional debut in February next year and talks to us about his amateur background, pro ambitions, and desire to be in a memorable fight like his hero - Arturo Gatti.
What made you want to start boxing?
“I started boxing when I was 20-years-old. It was a friend of mine (Mark Rigby) that was going to the Livingston Boxing Club and he asked me to come along with him so I went along just to train and to get fit. Then, the fitter that I got and the better I got at sparring, I decided to put the training into action and pestered my coach (Archie Leary who sadly passed away this year) to get me a fight.”
Who was your boxing hero growing up and why?
“I have a few boxers that I would class as my heroes – Ricky Hatton, Arturo Gatti, Mike Tyson, Micky Ward. I loved their style – come forward and never take a backwards step, and always fight to the end.”
How old were you when you had your first fight and how did you do?
“I was 20 when I had my first boxing match. I was fighting a boy called Graham Stewart on a Craig Miller show and I stopped him in the first round.”
How well did you do in the amateurs?
“I done ok as an amateur after a few fights at Livingston, I moved to Fauldhouse Boxing Club where I trained under Pat Toner (who sadly passed away this year) and Colin McNeil. This is when I knew I was going to fight as a pro eventually. Pat took me all over to fight, he even took me and a small team to Cyprus to box over there. I have great memories and made some great friends from the Fauldhouse Club.”
What made you decide to turn pro?
“My style is more suited as a pro, I've been told that since I started boxing so it really just makes sense to turn over.”
What team do you have around you?
“I have a great team around me from my new trainer Craig McEwan, Stewart Graham my Strength and Condition coach from Synergy Gym, Manager Paul Graham (Prospect Boxing) Sponsors at Bushman Ink Tattoo and last but not least my training partner Graham Taylor (my brother); I would just like to say at this time, ‘Thanks to all of them.’”
What sort of fighting style do you have?
“I’m a come forward, in your face fighter. I would say that I was a pressure fighter but also a counter boxer. I can stand and fight and I can box. Hopefully, my style will make for some exciting nights and I’ll be in some great fights.”
What ambitions do you have for your pro career?
“I would love to win a title at a decent level, If that doesn’t happen then I would love to be in a memorable fight like Gatti V Ward 1 and just have people talking about it for years to come. As my manager, Paul Graham would say though, ‘baby steps to start off.’”
When is your first fight and who will be there in support?
“I have my first fight on the 27th
February 2015 at the Miners Welfare Fauldhouse. I will have friends and family there to support me and hopefully bring a load of people from Livingston through as well.”
Any message for the fans?
“I would like to thank not only the people that come to see me box but also the messages I get over Facebook and the support I get from the people in Craigshill and all over Livingston.”
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