The face on the display picture is a very familiar one for the more hardcore watchers, and historical-minded pundits within the sport of boxing. For the newer contingent of fans, that fighter is none other than 🏴Ken Buchanan, who ruled as the Lineal/Undisputed Lightweight Champion of the World from 1970-1972. He universally ranks as one of the two (or three) greatest Scotsman to ever dawn a pair of gloves.
Current Undisputed hopeful & reigning RING-MAG/WBA/IBF Junior-Welterweight Champion 🏴Josh Taylor hopes to honor him, and continuing following his footsteps on the trail that Buchanan left for young fighters from Scotland with a dollar and a dream to pursue, and Saturday, Taylor has a chance to fully bask into that line of light if he were to defeat Jose Ramirez, to collect all 5 world title belts at 140 lbs.
What connection do Josh Taylor, and Ken Buchanan have as the common link that 🌉bridges them together? apparently, Ken’s son happened to be Taylor’s first boxing Coach in his adolescence. Upon his coach revealing his father’s legend, Josh, like most kids coming up, was unaware of who Ken Buchanan was, but he quickly sorted out to learn as much as he could about the fighter who was so revered worldwide, and especially locally by the last two, to three generations.
Taylor eventually met Ken, and they forged a friendship, as well as a mutual respect for one another. Buchanan sees him as a son, and roots him on to walk his own journey of Scottish greatness, and Taylor reveres Ken, using him as the ⛰️pillar of inspiration he needs to achieve more, and not only be the best fighter he can be, but in becoming a better man as well.
There’s a special dynamic that occurs when people from all walks of life, in differing generations forge a bond together – Ideas get shared, and a broader perspective is gained by both. As for their influence on one another, Taylor keeps the 75 year old Buchanan excited about his success, and Buchanan gives him the guidance, and support needed to keep the ↪️↩️cycle going. Boxing should have more of these kind of stories.