Taylor: "I Love It, I Thrive Under The Big Lights"
Josh Taylor & Ryan Martin and Ryan Burnett & Nonito Donaire
are ready for their Ali Trophy Quarter-Finals at The SSE
Hydro on Saturday in Glasgow.
“This is a great opportunity,” said 118 lb quarter-finalist
Donaire (38-5, 24 KOs), a former four-weight world ruler.
“The WBSS has been a great opportunity to create this
enormous desire and inspiration. I’m never shy when it comes
down to fighting. I’m just grateful to be in the ring with a
It is not the first time Donaire is facing a fighter from
Northern Ireland. Last year at featherweight the
Filipino-American lost via unanimous decision to Belfast
boxer Carl Frampton:
“There are definitely similarities,” said Donaire of Burnett
“Belfast guys have big balls. They’ve got big balls. They’re
there to fight, and that’s something I like. As you know
from the history of me in this game, I’ve always come to
fight the best out there, and that’s why I’m in this
tournament. That’s what you will get, the best of me!”
26-year-old Burnett (19-9, 9 KOs) paid respect to his nine
year older, legendary opponent.
“I think everyone has things you can exploit but there’s not
much with Nonito. He is an incredible fighter,” said
Burnett. “We all dream of these moments of fighting the best
and becoming the best in the world. The World Boxing Super
Series is making this come true. Not just for the boxers but
for the fans. This is what the world needs.”
140 lb quarter-finalist, 25-year-old Ryan Martin (22-0, 12
KOs), talked about the magnitude of the quest for the
Muhammad Ali Trophy.
“It doesn’t bring any added pressure it just brings more
glory to the win. Fighting for the Ali Trophy, that’s huge.
He means such big things both in and outside of the sport of
boxing so I’m just grateful to be a part of this and have
the chance to fight in his honour.”
27-year-old Josh Taylor (13-0, 11 KOs) is looking forward to
fight in front of a familiar crowd in Glasgow for the third
time at The Hydro.
“I’m good. I’m nice and relaxed,” said Taylor.
“Delighted to be back in Glasgow. The Hydro is now my home.
Every performance I’m having there, I’m getting stronger and
the fans are getting bigger and bigger, and noisier. They
believe in me, and there is absolutely no way there is
anybody who’s going to beat me in there anytime, and
especially on Saturday. I’m feeling confident.
“I don’t feel any pressure. I actually love these big
events. I love the big nights. I love the big occasions.
When the big occasions arrive, I turn up. I love it. I
thrive under the big lights.“
“It’s great to be in Scotland,” said Kalle Sauerland,
Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer.
“We are super excited to bring the lights to Glasgow. Week
in week out I sit up here with the most talented athletes.
Gladiators of the business. On Saturday, we have a
doubleheader. A stacked card. I wouldn’t be exaggerating
when I look at the quality and the depth to say it’s the
best card Scotland has seen for many many years.
“If you look at what the super series is trying to do and
what we are doing, it’s bringing the best versus the best.
No BS. This is about the real thing. It’s about finding out
who the best is in the weight classes.
“We found out the best super middleweight was Callum Smith.
We found out the best cruiserweight was Aleksandr Usyk. This
season the guys up here are going to show us who is the best
bantamweight and best super lightweight in the world.
“We expect 6,000 in the arena on Saturday. We’re going to
have a great atmosphere. I’ve been here a few times for the
football and I’m sure the roof will be raised!”
On the line Saturday in Glasgow:
Fans at The SSE Hydro in Glasgow will be treated to a
spectacular doubleheader featuring two Ali Trophy
Quarter-Final contests as Scottish Super-Lightweight star
Josh Taylor takes on the undefeated American Ryan Martin.
Meanwhile, Northern Ireland’s WBA World Champion Ryan
Burnett meets former four-weight World Champion,
Filipino-American Nonito Donaire in a Bantamweight Quarter
The quarter-finals are available in UK on all WBSS
platforms; YouTube, Facebook and WorldBoxingSuperSeries.com.
Burnett-Donaire starts 9 pm, Taylor-Martin 10 pm.