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Scotland's Josh Taylor relishing the big stage

Scotland's Josh Taylor relishing the big stage
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The Scot holds the WBA and IBF light-welterweight titles.

Josh Taylor insists he is a boxer for the big stage as he targets four world titles in Saturday's fight with Jose Ramirez.

The 30-year-old Scot has unified the light-welterweight division and is looking to make history in Las Vegas.

In his 18th professional fight, unbeaten Taylor (17-0, 13KOs) looks to become the first Briton in the four-belt era to become undisputed world champion.

In front of under 2,000 fans, Taylor will put his WBA and IBF titles on the line while Ramirez (26-0, 17KOs) brings his WBC and WBO belts and the fighter from Prestonpans is relishing the task.

He said: "I have been on the big stage since 2010.

"I have been used to the big stage since the Commonwealth Games, then the World Championships, European Championships then the Commonwealth Games again in my home country, in Glasgow, winning a gold medal.

"And I have also been involved with Carl Frampton's undercard.

"I have also been involved in a few big fights myself now as well. So I am used to the big stage, it doesn't faze me at all.

"If anything, I thrive under the big lights and on the big stage. It is what I live for and I actually hoped this fight was at full capacity.

"I watched 73,00 fans in Texas, no restrictions, no masks, no social distancing, nothing, why can't we do it here?

"It seems to be working in Texas and it seems that we should be taking that approach everywhere else as well.

"So it is a little bit frustrating I don't have a bigger crowd to perform in front of, so I don't think I will be fazed in any shape or form, if anything I am relishing the opportunity to fight in front of a crowd again, I can't wait."

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Saturday's key events

· After silvers in both the men's and women's events, Team GB will be fancied to get on the podium again in the mixed relay (11.30pm-1am)

· Touted as Michael Phelps's successor, Caeleb Dressel already has two gold medals from these Games and he will be going for a third in the men's 50m butterfly final (2.30am)
· It is Katie Ledecky vs. Ariarne Titmus III in the women's 800m freestyle final, with Ledecky entering as firm favourite (2.46am)
· Great Britain will be heavily fancied to add another gold medal to their swimming haul, having produced by far the fastest qualifying time for the mixed 4x100m medley relay final (3.43am)

· Dina Asher-Smith is one of three British women in the 100m semi-finals (3.01am-3.20am), and will hope to challenge for a medal in what is likely to be a star-studded final (1.50pm)
· The inaugural Olympic 4x400m mixed relay event concludes with Great Britain one of the eight finalists going for gold (1.35pm)

· Team GB's dreams of an unlikely gold are still alive in the women's event as they face France in their semi-final (3.30am). The winners will face either New Zealand or Fiji in the gold medal match later in the day (10am)

· Gold medals are up for grabs in the windsurfer - RS:X finals. Emma Wilson participates for Team GB in the women's final (6.33am), while Tom Squires is in action in the men's (7.33am)

· Following his shock semi-final defeat, ending his hopes of a Golden Slam in 2021, Novak Djokovic battles for bronze against Pablo Carreno Busta (7am)
· The women's singles event reaches its conclusion with the gold medal match between Belinda Bencic and Marketa Vondrousova

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