Class: Light welterweight
Date of Birth: 2nd February 1991
Club: Lochend ABC
Home Town: Prestonpans, East Lothian
Club Coach: Terry McCormack
• 2012 Olympic Games quarter finalist
• 2010 Commonwealth Games silver medallist
Josh Taylor, 21, is Scotland’s top amateur boxer and competed in the London 2012 Olympics where he made the quarter-finals.
A junior taekwondo champion, Josh began boxing at the age of 15 under the tutelage of Terry McCormack at Lochend ABC in Edinburgh. He quickly established himself as one of Scotland’s best amateurs and has represented his country many times. In 2010 he boxed for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi where he secured silver in the 60kg Lightweight category, losing out to future Team GB colleague, Tom Stalker, in the final.
In 2011, he joined the GB Boxing set-up and competed in both the European and World Championships of that year in the 64kg light-welterweight category. In 2012, he made the decision to move back down to lightweight and in April of that year he secured a place at the London 2012 Olympics when he reached the last four in the final qualifying event in Trabzon, Turkey. He went on to reach the quarter-final stage at the Olympic Games.
Josh was also part of the British Lionhearts team which competed in the 2012-13 season of the World Series of Boxing.
A dedicated and hard working individual who never gives less than 100%, Josh likes to spend time with his family and girlfriend when he is away from the gym and credits much of his success to the support he has enjoyed from his parents throughout his career. According to Josh, his Dad jokingly refers to him as ‘Pebble’, “because I am not quite Rocky yet”.