喬什-泰勒蘇格蘭的世界冠軍關於虐待、卡特羅爾複賽和基納漢的冠軍。

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喬什-泰勒蘇格蘭的世界冠軍關於虐待、卡特羅爾複賽和基納漢的冠軍。

"當我成為歷史的創造者,第一個來自英國的、在四條腰帶時代成為無可爭議的冠軍的人時,所有這些關注在哪裡?當時這些關注都在哪裡?"

他因其非凡的功績在拳擊界獲得了一定程度的讚譽,但2月份以極具爭議性的點數戰勝傑克-卡特羅爾所產生的曝光率是這位蘇格蘭人之前從未經歷過的。

這是泰勒對所有四個輕量級世界冠軍頭銜的首次衛冕--也是卡特羅理應贏得的一場比賽。英國人認為他贏了,大多數拳擊場和電視觀察員都同意,絕大多數拳擊評論員也同意。

即使是泰勒,他一直說他覺得自己做得足夠好,贏得了這個決定,但他的立場略有軟化,承認如果是卡特羅在勝利時舉起的手而不是他自己的手,他也不會抱怨的。

其後果是有毒的。英國拳擊控制委員會下令對這場比賽的計分進行調查,並隨後將一名裁判降級。

下議院議長林賽-霍伊爾爵士甚至寫信給警方,質疑裁判的決定。應該指出的是,霍伊爾也正好是Catterall的家鄉Chorley的議員。

  • 無泰勒在贏得積分後暗示體重變化

人們的呼聲達到了荒謬的程度,可悲的是,不可避免的是,社交媒體辱罵的嚴峻陰影很快就出現了。

"這場比賽結束後的第二天早上,當我重新打開手機時,只有一條又一條的評論,一次又一次的謾罵,"這位31歲的老人在放映一部關於他的生活和職業生涯的新紀錄片《喬什-泰勒》之前告訴BBC蘇格蘭。一個戰士的肖像。

"我保持了幾周的沉默--然後我的小妹妹開始受到攻擊,然後是我的未婚妻丹妮爾。在他們的個人網頁上進行了與拳擊無關的人身攻擊。

"人們所說的一些事情已經非常令人厭惡了。事情就是這樣,我們繼續前進。"

影片中最有力的部分之一是當丹妮爾以可怕的細節描述她在比賽後遭受的網上虐待和威脅。

無論你對泰勒有什麼看法--對於蘇格蘭有史以來最偉大的運動員之一來說,人們的看法比你想象的還要複雜--沒有人應該受到這種虐待。當然,從未踏入拳擊場的家庭成員也不例外。

泰勒是一個複雜的人物。正如他的朋友、前兩量級世界冠軍卡爾-弗蘭普頓在紀錄片中對他的描述。"他的性格幾乎是分裂的,前一分鐘他是好人,後一分鐘他就不是了。"

這也許部分解釋了為什麼泰勒沒有像他的技能和拳擊履歷所顯示的那樣受歡迎。

與許多現代運動員不同,泰勒在社交媒體上的觀點,無論好壞,都是完全未經過濾的。他經常對有分歧的問題發表看法--他曾直言不諱地批評政府對科維德危機的處理--隨之而來的是意見分歧。

他與丹尼爾-基納漢的關係一直是另一個批評的來源。2020年,泰勒與愛爾蘭卡特爾領導人金納漢創辦的管理公司MTK Global簽約。他去年曾對金納漢說"他是一個偉大的顧問,為這項運動做了很多事情"。

今年4月,美國國務院發布了500萬美元的懸賞令,以尋找導致逮捕金納漢的信息。幾天後,MTK宣布停止交易。

"我與丹尼爾沒有任何關係了,"泰勒說。"MTK已經不存在了,所以一切都有點像窗外。

"我現在自己管理自己,與一名律師繼續做我所有的合同和管理工作。與Top Rank(他的推廣人)繼續前進,所以是的,就是這樣。

"我並沒有真正了解任何正在發生的事情。顯然,已經曝光的東西已經相當嚴重,但不,我正專注於拳擊,這與我無關。"

這與另一位與金納漢有聯繫的拳手泰森-富里採取的語氣相似。"這不關我的事,"這是這位重量級拳王最近被問及金納漢時的口頭禪。

與富里一樣,泰勒與一個據稱參與販毒和洗錢的人的關係的污點將很難抹去。

許多人對泰勒在對陣卡特爾時的低迷表現感到疑惑,但這部紀錄片提供了一些線索。

"我想我不記得在拼搏中這麼長時間都是這麼糟糕。我覺得我只是不在狀態,"在比賽前的幾周,氣急敗壞的泰勒有一次對他的教練本-戴維森說。

看到一個憔悴不堪、體重下降的泰勒在稱重前的酒店房間裡拼命揮汗如雨地減掉最後幾磅,確實令人震驚--這也是對獲獎拳手身體所承受的嚴酷提醒。

進入訓練營時體重過重,掙扎着轉移體重,拿起科維德和受傷,缺乏動力--這些都是泰勒與自己的標準相差如此之遠的合理原因。

不過,這些都不應該影響卡特羅的卓越表現,這也是潛在的重賽如此吸引人的原因。卡特羅有那麼好嗎?這只是泰勒的一個休息日嗎?他已經達到頂峰了嗎?還是他最偉大的日子還沒有到來?

上個月騰出WBA腰帶的 "韃靼龍捲風 "一直在尋找一場決定職業生涯的重要比賽。在一場巨大的國內重賽中解決與卡特洛爾之間的問題,很可能就是它。

泰勒說:"如果我可以自己做,沒有所有複雜的拳擊業務,下一場比賽將是Jack Catterall,把它放在床上,"。

"我相信我會贏得這場比賽。我不相信他能在我最好的狀態下擊敗我。他在我最差的時候也不能擊敗我。

"再和他打一場,然後升到次中量級,但我不會再犯那種錯誤,即把目光投向[下一場比賽]並說'這就是我想做的事情'。

"我知道那是我做錯了什麼,我沒有動力。這次不會再缺乏這種動力了。"

喬希-泰勒。一個戰士的肖像》將於北京時間6月21日星期二22:00在BBC蘇格蘭頻道播出,並將在傳輸後在BBC iPlayer上播放。


"Where was all this attention when I became a history-maker, the first person from the UK to become undisputed champion in the four-belt era? Where was all this attention then?"

He has received a level of acclaim within boxing for his extraordinary feats, but the exposure generated from a highly-controversial points victory over Jack Catterall in February has been like nothing the Scot has experienced before.

It was Taylor's first defence of all four light-welterweight world titles - and a fight Catterall deserved to win. The Englishman believed he won, most ringside and television observers agreed, as did the vast majority of boxing pundits.

Even Taylor, who has consistently said he felt he did enough to earn the decision, has softened his stance slightly, admitting he would not have complained had it been Catterall's hand raised in victory rather than his own.

The fallout was toxic. The British Boxing Board of Control ordered an investigation into the scoring of the fight and subsequently demoted one of its judges.

The Speaker of the House of Commons, Sir Lindsay Hoyle, even wrote to the police questioning the judges' decision. Hoyle, it should be noted, also happens to be the MP for Chorley, Catterall's home town. • None Taylor hints at weight changes after points win

The outcry reached ridiculous levels and sadly, inevitably, the grim spectre of social media abuse soon followed.

"The morning after the fight, when I turned my phone back on, it was just comment after comment, abuse after abuse," the 31-year-old tells BBC Scotland prior to the screening of a new documentary about his life and career, Josh Taylor: Portrait of a Fighter.

"I stayed silent for a couple of weeks - then my little sister started getting it, then my fiancée Danielle. Personal attacks on their personal pages that were nothing to do with boxing.

"It's been pretty disgusting some of the things people have been saying. It is what it is and we move forward."

One of the most powerful parts of the film is when Danielle describes in horrific detail the online abuse and threats she suffered in the aftermath of the fight.

No matter what you think of Taylor - and opinion is more mixed than you might expect for one of Scotland's greatest-ever sportspeople - nobody is deserving of such abuse. Certainly not family members who have never set foot in the ring.

Taylor is a complex character. As his friend and former two-weight world champion Carl Frampton describes him in the documentary: "He has almost this split personality where one minute he's nice and the next he's not."

That perhaps partly explains why Taylor is not as popular as his skills and boxing resume suggest he should be.

Unlike many modern-day athletes, Taylor's views on social media are, for better or worse, entirely unfiltered. He often airs his views about divisive issues - he was an outspoken critic of the government's handling of the Covid crisis - and with that comes divided opinion.

His relationship with Daniel Kinahan has been another source of criticism. In 2020, Taylor signed with the management company, MTK Global, founded by Irish cartel leader Kinahan. He last year said of Kinahan: "He's a great advisor and doing great things for the sport."

In April this year, the US State Department issued a $5m reward for information leading to the arrest of Kinahan. MTK announced it was to cease trading days later.

"I haven't got a relationship with Daniel any more," Taylor says. "MTK is no more, so everything is sort of out the window.

"I now manage myself, moving on with a lawyer doing all my contract and management work. Moving forward with Top Rank (his promotor), so yeah, that's it.

"I'm not really clued up with any of the stuff that was going on. Obviously the stuff that has come to light has been pretty serious, but no, I'm focusing on boxing and it's nothing to do with me."

It's a similar tone to that adopted by Tyson Fury, another fighter with links to Kinahan. "It's none of my business," was the heavyweight champion's mantra when recently questioned about Kinahan.

As with Fury, the stain of Taylor's association with a man allegedly involved in drug trafficking and money laundering will be hard to erase.

Many were perplexed by Taylor's lacklustre show against Catterall, but the documentary offers some clues.

"I don't think I can ever remember in sparring being this bad for this long. I feel like I'm just not at the races," an exasperated Taylor at one point says to his trainer, Ben Davison, in the weeks leading up to the fight.

Seeing a hideously gaunt, weight-drained Taylor desperately trying to sweat off the last few pounds in his hotel room before the weigh-in is genuinely shocking - and a stark reminder of what prize fighters put their bodies through.

Coming into camp too heavy, struggling to shift the weight, picking up Covid and injuries, lacking motivation - they are all valid reasons why Taylor fell so far short of his own standards.

None of that should take away from the excellence of Catterall, though, and that's what makes a potential rematch so fascinating. Is Catterall that good? Was it just an off night for Taylor? Has he peaked? Or are his greatest days yet to come?

The Tartan Tornado - who last month vacated the WBA belt - has been looking for one big career-defining fight. Settling the score with Catterall in a huge domestic rematch could well be it.

"If I could do it myself without all the complications of the boxing business, the next fight would be Jack Catterall straight away, put it to bed," Taylor says.

"I believe I will win that fight. I don't believe he can beat me at my best. He couldn't beat me at my worst.

"Fight him again and then move up to welterweight, but I'm not making that mistake again of looking past [the next fight] and saying 'This is what I want to do'.

"I know that's what I was doing wrong, I didn't have the motivation. There will be no lack of that this time."

Josh Taylor: Portrait of a Fighter airs on the BBC Scotland channel at 22:00 BST on Tuesday, 21 June and will be available after transmission on BBC iPlayer.

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