JOSH Taylor proved on Saturday night that he is one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the planet, writes Stewart Fisher, and the only British boxer who could currently be considered for that honour.

That is the considered opinion of Kalle Sauerland, the executive behind the WBSS, who shared a top table with the Scot after he beat Regis Prograis on points to become only the third winner of the Muhammad Ali Trophy.

“I don’t know how they put these pound-for-pound lists together,” said Sauerland. “I think they’re drinking tequila sometimes.

“But if Josh isn’t a contender for the best pound-for-pound fighter on the planet, I don’t know who is. He’s the only Brit you would even put on that list.

“That fight will go down on the history books. It was something special. And it proves that the best super lightweight on the planet, bar none, no questions asked, is Josh Taylor.”

While Taylor doesn’t ply his trade for fame and fortune, he does feel that Saturday’s fight will help get him the respect that he deserves.

With Saturday night’s thrilling bout screened across the pond on DAZN, the Tartan Tornado is sure to have won many new followers across the globe and would love to crack America and carry the support which Ricky Hatton once did for big fights out in Las Vegas. But that doesn’t mean he wants to usurp Anthony Joshua as the face of the sport in the UK.

“Hopefully now I get the recognition I deserve,” said Taylor. “Everyone says I fly under the radar and, to be honest, I don’t mind that.

“I’ve no interest in being a superstar,” he added. “I’m just interested in being the champion, the number one in this division and winning all the belts. I know the recognition and fame comes with it.

“I’m not a show pony, I don’t act up for the cameras. I like doing my own thing. But this is going to take my profile to the next level and everyone will start getting behind me now.

“Hopefully, if I get this Ramirez fight in America, I’ll take a travelling army with home. Hopefully I get the kind of support Hatton did. That would be unbelievable.

“I’ve already head a little bit of American interest early on in my career. But, after defeating someone like Regis, I will have won more fans in the States.”