An interesting debate took place on Twitter recently after the emergence of a list of the UK’s brightest boxing prospects, compiled by journalist and SEO expert Matt Hamilton.
Alex Arthur was miffed that Conor Benn, son of Nigel, was in seventh place, one place above former Olympian and Commonwealth Games gold medallist Josh Taylor.
Benn, 19, has had one fight with all four of 25-year-old Taylor’s ending by way of knockout.
Former WBO super-featherweight champion Arthur says the latter – a stablemate of Carl Frampton also trained by Shane McGuigan – would “whup” the former.
With both competing at light-welterweight, I suspect we’ll find out either way in the next few years.
Edinburgh’s Taylor fights in Cardiff this Saturday on the undercard of Lee Haskins’ first IBF bantamweight title defence, against Mexican Ivan Morales.
Shane’s father Barry believes his amateur-to-professional transition could be the most successful of any British fighter in the past 30 years. That is high praise.
Taylor appears to be a level-headed lad and it is unlikely such hype will affect him.
I interviewed him shortly before Glasgow 2014 and he spoke excitedly about sparring Ricky Burns and training alongside Carl Froch.
There’s an endearing tale, involving fellow Scot Arthur, behind his boxing beginnings.
He said: “My mum worked at Meadowbank Sports Centre and Alex worked out there. I was 15 at the time.
“I went to see him training and knew straight away it was something I wanted to do. I’ve never looked back.”