Josh Taylor to keep his belts in cupboard under stairs ahead of Regis Prograis fight

Josh Taylor can become a unified world champion on Saturday night – but his new belt will be shoved in a cupboard under the stairs.

The Scotsman takes on fellow light-welterweight ruler Regis Prograis in London in the final of the World Boxing Super Series.

Taylor can add the American’s WBA belt to his own IBF strap which he won by beating Ivan Baranchyk in May.

But the down-to-earth champion has no plans to show off his collection.

“I am not one for being brash,” said Taylor. “As soon as I won the belt, it went back in the case. I had it out for a couple of days looking at it and then it was back in the case and in the cupboard under the stairs.

Josh Taylor during a media workout
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“I don’t have a trophy cabinet yet so there quite a few medals and trophies under there alongside the hoover and an old computer. My Commonwealth medal is under there but so are a lot of odd little things.

“I am just not one for flashing it about but maybe once I move into my new house I might put some stuff on display, but right now I just want to be a world champion and as good as I can be.

“To me, the belt is just a bit of metal, being world champion is what I want to be. I am not too fussed about everything that goes with it, or being famous.”

Josh Taylor in action
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Taylor splits his time between Kent and Haddington in East Lothian and recently had a new house built with his girlfriend Dani.

The 28-year-old has won each of his 15 professional fights having won Commonwealth gold as an amateur.

Victory over Prograis could catapult him into a fight against current unified champion Jose Ramirez in a clash to determine the undisputed king of the 140lb division.

Regis Prograis during a media workout
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And Taylor added: “I got into boxing to become a world champion and make my family financially secure so money was some motivation.

“I am not a money-oriented type of guy, I just want to be financially secure and look after my family, that is part of the drive and motivation.

“I don’t want to achieve my dream of becoming a world champion and then, when I retire, have to go and get a job and work on a building site because I have no money.

“I want to make wise investments and hopefully have a nice life after boxing.”

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