Global sporting star Scott ‘Fat Boy’ Taylor has set his sights on targeting boxing titles after conquering the kickboxing world.
The 29-year-old window-fitter from Ambergate currently holds three world kickboxing championships.
But the next time he’s in the ring, it will be for a boxing match.
Taylor has joined up with Raging Bull Promotions, headed by John Ashton, and boxes on an EBF-sanctioned show in Derby on Saturday, February 20.
Dougie Harrison, who’s been training Taylor since he was seven years old, said: “Scott is coming to the end of his career and he wants to have a go at boxing before it’s too late.
“His strength has always been his boxing and now he wants to see how far he can go.
“This fight will be over three rounds, but Scott wants to step up quickly. He’s a 12-round fighter.”
Taylor has captured world kickboxing titles at both light-welterweight and welterweight during his 46-fight career.
He made a winning debut in the boxing ring last year, but Harrison said: “That was the first time Scott has ever fought without me in his corner, and he didn’t like it. I will be back in his corner next month.”
Tickets for the show, which is to be held at Rollerworld in Derby, are available by ringing 07870 563191.
The popular Taylor fulfilled a lifetime’s dream when he landed a world double in professional kickboxing nearly two years ago.
In September 2013, he defeated Spanish champion Adan Perez Vega with a late stoppage. And in April 2014, after 12 weeks of intense training, he defeated Ciaran Boyle, of Northern Ireland, on a unanimous points’ dedcision.
It all made years of dedicated training worthwhile. Taylor started kickboxing at the age of seven and had 60 fights on the amateur circuit before he had even reached 16. He won numerous domestic, regional, national and European titles on his way to the top.
To make his mark in boxing too would be an ideal swansong for him at the end of a memorable career.
Supporters from across the Belper area are urged to go along and cheer him on when he fights in Derby.