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Josh Taylor - Boxing has been my life for the past five years

Josh

 

Last weekend was one of the best of my life so far.

I was fighting out in Turkey and I managed to qualify for the London 2012 Olympics. Immediately after I came out of the ring I phoned home to tell my parents the good news. I could hardly speak for crying and laughing down the phone, I didn’t know what to do. It means absolutely everything to me.

Boxing has been my life for the past five years. I’ve been involved in Taekwondo since I was five but after seeing Alex Arthur fighting on the TV, someone from the same city as me competing at the highest level, I wanted to give it a shot. My mum works at Meadowbank Stadium and she arranged for me to go down to try it out and I was instantly hooked. I’ve done a bit of sparring with Alex and he’s been a massive help to me, giving me tips on getting to the top.

Since Christmas I’ve been lucky enough to be down in Sheffield for four days per week training with the best boxers in the country. Everything I need is there, the facilities, the coaches, the physiotherapists and doctors. Each day I’ll spend some time working on strength and fitness and we’ll do some boxing in the evening. It’s been a fantastic four months and I’m looking forward to being down there getting ready for the Olympics.

I fought in the Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games for Scotland and that was an amazing experience. Being in India experiencing the culture and being alongside all the Scottish athletes was unreal. I fought well and ended up winning silver for Scotland. At first I was a bit gutted to be missing out on gold but standing on the podium it all started to sink in. On the podium at a major sporting event, it’s where you want to be standing.

There was a bit of a party for me when I got back to Scotland. It was like gala day on my street with banners and pictures, the road was packed with people and a piper piped me up to my house. I was a bit red-faced but it was amazing the support we had back home.

I think Glasgow 2014 is a once in a lifetime opportunity to compete in a major sporting event in Scotland, my home country. The support I had when I came home from Delhi was amazing but to think of that in the arena will be incredible. There’s always a buzz around Glasgow but the atmosphere will be amazing in 2014.

I’ll be busting a gut to make sure I get that gold from the Games in Glasgow.