Junior welterweight Josh Taylor, one of boxing’s best prospects, had a change of opponents on Saturday.
Taylor (11-0, 10 KOs), a 27-year-old southpaw from Scotland, was supposed to face vastly more experienced former two-division world titleholder Humberto Soto on March 3 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow. However, on Saturday, Cyclone Promotions announced that Soto had withdrawn because of a serious cut suffered during a recent sparring session.
Soto (66-9-2, 36 KOs), of Mexico, was replaced by Winston Campos (30-3-5, 18 KOs), a 25-year-old southpaw from Nicaragua.
“It came as a bit of a shock, but these things happen in boxing,” said Taylor, a 2012 Olympian who did not turn pro until 2015. “I wish Humberto Soto all the best in his recovery, but now I’m 100 percent focused on defending my [regional] title against Winston Campos. I’d like to thank my team for finding a replacement at this late stage, and although Campos represents a different challenge, being a rangy southpaw, I’m very confident that I can put on a career-best performance next weekend at the SSE Hydro.”
Campos is 13-0-1 since his last loss in 2013 and pleased to get the offer to fight Taylor.
“I’m delighted to get this opportunity,” Campos said. “I was in training for another fight when I got the call. I’m coming to Glasgow to shock the world. [Taylor] is talented, no doubt, but I’m cut from a different cloth. I’m from the streets of Managua! I have the style to give him nightmares, and I’m very confident that I can rip that [regional] title from him on March 3.”