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Digital Subscriptions > Boxing News > 23-Apr > PATIENCE AND THE ART OF MOTOCYCLE MAINTENANCE


Josh Taylor is itching to fight, whether it’s Ivan Baranchyk next, unifying after that or even Lomachenko in future. He speaks to John Dennen



JOSH TAYLOR tends to a motorbike. He maintains it, cleans it, starts it up to keep it running. But he won’t ride it. Not until his boxing career is over.

“It’s not worth risking your career that you’ve been working hard for,” he said. “You might get knocked off, break your wrist, break your arm, break your shoulder or break your leg. That’s your career.”

“I still have got a motorbike but I haven’t been on it for about two years now,” he added. “I’ve put the bikes away until the boxing’s finished.” Some of his earliest memories involve motorbikes. He’s been riding them since he was a child. As he grew older he began to compete.

“I raced motorcross myself. I was pretty good. I just never had the money to be really competitive,” he recalled. “It’s just never ending, it’s a never ending money pit. Guys at the top end have got sponsored bikes, maybe two or three bikes and a lot of money behind them and teams giving them stuff. You just can’t compete with them.”

But he notes, “I was pretty good. By the end of the season I was getting top fives in a field of 40. So I was doing alright, I think I got a couple of thirds on a standard engine. I think I only had my suspension done and that was it. Because I was so light the suspension was too hard for me… I was getting top fives and top threes out of a field of 40 bikes, so I was doing alright.”

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