SCOTS boxing champion Josh Taylor has urged Edinburgh Castle to let him host a unification match.
The 30-year-old proud Scot tweeted the castle yesterday urging them to let him use the historic attraction for what he calls a “once in a lifetime event”.
After reading that the castle hopes to be used this Summer for the iconic military Tattoo, Taylor took to Twitter yesterday writing: “Hey Edinburgh Castle.
“What about a HUGE once in a lifetime event of a world unification boxing match and witness one of your son’s become Scotland’s first ever 4 belt undisputed champion of the world?”
Taylor, from Prestonpans, East Lothian, has received hundreds of replies from boxing fans since his Tweet yesterday,all of whom are desperate to see the fight go ahead.
@BoxerJoeGrim said: “That would be pretty spectacular. What a backdrop.”
@chif82 posted: “What a buzz it would be for the country and the new unified champion.”
@SnrMcIntyre commented: “That’s exactly what we need, something like this for the people also, not very often a boxer like Josh comes along, top guy.”
@ryanshearer2 also said: “That would be an unreal venue.”
The Tartan Tornado has had eyes on a fight at the castle for some time, tweeting back in 2018: “Imagine having a boxing ring in the middle of that esplanade.”
He attached a picture of the historic castle during the military tattoo with seating areas surrounding a large section of open ground on the castle promenade.
Speaking to Sky Sports in 2019 of his ambitions for a title match at the castle, Taylor said: “I would really, really love it to be in either Edinburgh Castle in the middle of the summer or at Easter Road.
“It would just be iconic, I don’t think Scotland would have seen anything like that, an undisputed world title fight for all the belts, Scotland’s never seen it so I would love it to be on home soil.”
A spokeswoman for Historic Environment Scotland said: “The use of Edinburgh Castle for external events is considered on a case-by-case basis.
“A proposal and business case would need to be submitted before we could determine if an event could go ahead, due to the challenging logistics involved.”
Josh is currently ranked as the world’s best active light-welterweight by Boxrec, with 13 of his 17 matches coming by way of stoppage.
He is currently the unified light welterweight champion, having held the WBA, IBF and Ring Magazine titles since 2019.