Livingston boxer Martin Taylor says he’s determined to make up for lost time after signing a three-year deal with promoters MTK Scotland.
The super-lightweight goes straight into action as part of the Christmas Cracker card in Paisley on December 16 and he says he’s looking forward to getting back in the ring after a lengthy period on the sidelines.
He commented: “It’s a new start for me and I’m totally buzzing to be fully fit and properly training again. It’s good to be in that routine of getting ready for a fight and having a goal to achieve because it’s been around 18 months since my last fight so it’s been a frustrating time for me.
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“The three-year contract gives me a bit of security and tells me that MTK are serious about helping me advance in my career because it’s been really stop-start so far with a lack of fights and a couple of injuries.
“I spoke to Sam Kynoch at MTK and he’s wanting me to get a few bouts quickly under my belt before making the jump. We’re not really wanting to tread water for long. It’s time to get going.
“It’s almost like being back at the start, but I’m confident that after a bit of rust I can start making real progress pretty quickly and Sam has said that’s what he wants me to do so we’re on the same page.”
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He added: “It’s going to be a terrific show to start out my MTK career with. There’s going to be some brilliant fights so it’s one I’m looking forward to, even as a fan of the sport, but to be involved and get back out there is going to be pretty special.
“It’s the biggest show I’ve been involved in and it’s what MTK do, they’re the top promoters in Scotland so it’s a huge opportunity for me. It’s really the place to be and there was no chance of me turning it down.”
Taylor will put his unbeaten record (4-0) on the line against Rhys Saunders and admits he’s confident that he can start the latest phase of his career in style.
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He said: “I’m wanting to get a good run at things and I’m confident that’s what I can do and obviously starting off with a win would be ideal.
“I don’t really know too much about Rhys but I just concentrate on myself.
“I feel really sharp and I’ve been sparring well and training with Willie Downie who’s set me up with great sparring sessions with guys like Charlie Flynn.
“I’m just working on getting fit and being prepared. I’m sure there will be a bit of rust when I get in the ring because it’s just not the same as sparring but I’m confident I can get rid of that quickly and put on a show.”
Martin would like to thank his sponsors Crossfit Bathgate, Bushman Ink, Bathgate Family Chiropractic and RCA Garage for their continue support.