Some performances make the many hours of hard work, dedication and sacrifice worthwhile for a boxer.
Josh Taylor’s showing in the East Midlands Cadet semi-final in Leicester was one such performance.
With a packed Championship schedule, and three boxers in the group, Josh would be required to box and win on consecutive evenings to secure the achievement of a regional title and progress further in the Championships.
The Buxton scrapper’s semi-final draw provided a stiff challenge against a very capable boxer with a shining record, and delivering a cracking bout between two closely matched fighters.
It was clear early in the first why Taylor’s opponent, boxing out of the red corner, had rarely experienced defeat in his 20 bouts.
For three rounds both boxers worked non-stop, and with neither lad deserving to lose it was a sweet victory for Taylor when the judge arrived at a unanimous 29/30 points victory.
The next day and the next bout provided a different challenge for Josh against a less experienced opponent.
Taylor’s intent from the first bell was to seek out his opponent and apply educated pressure.
This was made difficult by his opponent ducking in with the head with the referee stepping in to warn of such tactics.
The bout continued in a similar fashion throughout, but the Buxton boxer controlled proceedings and took each round by wide margins.
Taylor capped two days of hard, quality boxing with another unanimous win to secure ABA progression as well as the highly-coveted East Midlands title.