Brentford ready to test Charlton & # 39; s determination about Lyle Taylor after missing Arsenal & # 39; s Folarin Balogun
- Brentford have long been admirers of Charlton Athletic star Lyle Taylor
- Taylor has seven goals from 13 games this period despite setbacks of injuries
- Brentford turned to Taylor after Arsenal £ 5m Folarin Balogun bid 
Josh Taylor insists that he will not derail his golden future after racist abuse of the nightclub bouncer: & # 39; It was completely out of his character & # 39;
- Josh Taylor apologized for the racist abuse of a bouncer in a nightclub incident
- He said that drinking & # 39; many & # 39; terrible effect on him during episode
- His next fight will be against mandatory challenger Apinun Khonsong
Great Britain & # 39; s No. 1 hunter did not vow too late alcohol derail his budding career
The Dynamic Scot, which is required to defend its WBA and IBF super lightweight world titles against Thailand & # 39; s mandatory challenger Apinun Khonsong by the end of April, has apologized for the nightclub incident declaring him guilty of racist abuse of a bouncer.
Taylor admits: & # 39; I had drunk way too much that night and because I'm not really used to alcohol, it had an even worse effect on me.
& I am truly sorry about what happened and I promise it will never happen again. It was completely out of his character.
"Normally I gave children an example to follow in boxing as a better alternative to gangs and knife crime. That is what I will continue to do. Do my best to be a role model.
& # 39; The best way I can do that is to focus on becoming the first undisputed world champion in my division since my idol Ken Buchanan. & # 39;
Taylor, 28, is certainly good enough to achieve that goal after his exciting unification win over talented American Regis Prograis.
First he must deal with Khonsong who is an identical 26-0 has an undefeated record.
The big Thai punching has another KO to his name, but has not mixed it with the same opposition class.
Taylor spoke in London at the launch of a youth boxing academy by his new management company MTK Global.
The Ulsterman left the company with his legendary Irish manager Barry McGuigan, whose son Shane was his trainer during his rise to become world champion MTK and famous American promoter Bob Arum.
Taylor says: "I thank Shane and Barry for everything they have done for me. There is some sadness but there were also some legal issues that I cannot comment on. I also had to take the next step in my career. & # 39;
Taylor tries out with potential new trainers and has so far tried to work with Ben Davison, who has just said goodbye to Tyson Fury, and Adam Booth, who is training Billy Joe Saunders.
Arum lost the seven-digit stock market bid for the next Taylor fight, which is expected to continue to be staged in the UK by Khonsong & # 39; s promoters.
Arum focuses on a subsequent & # 39; undisputed & # 39; fight, followed by a higher division for a super fight against his American star Terence Crawford.
Bob Arum promises to give Josh Taylor the fight of his dreams at Edinburgh Castle when talks with IBF mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong near completion – based Top Rank
Legendary promoter Bob Arum told Josh Taylor that he is ready to take on the challenge of giving him the fight of his dreams at Edinburgh Castle.
Negotiations for dual world champion Taylor & # 39; s next match with IBF mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong are almost at a conclusion, with Friday being the date set for wallet bids unless a late deal can be pulled out.
Arum signed the 29-year-old Scot in his Top Rank roster two weeks ago and has potted a super lightweight unification conflict with WBC and WBO kingpin Jose Ramirez for later this year, as well as a future collision with welterweight star – and stablemate – Terence Crawford.
Taylor has his ambition to put his titles on the esplanade in front of the castle and Arum assumes that everything is possible.
We would absolutely look at that, & he said. "I can't really talk about (the castle) because it is up to my technical people, but I assume there would be no problem that can't be solved.
" We promote Mick Conlan from Northern Ireland and played a match at the Belfast exhibition grounds last year. A huge crowd emerged and it was a great evening.
Featherweight Conlan defeated Argentinian Diego Alberto Ruiz last August for a 10,000-plus outdoor crowd at Falls Park in Belfast, with Arum admitting that the success of the promotion gives him extra appetite for another special show with WBA and IBF belt holder Taylor in Scotland.
& # 39; We have the Conlan fight & # 39; Sent back to the United States in the afternoon and we would like to promote a fight in Scotland, & he said.
We are returning to Northern Ireland in May with Carl Frampton fighting for a £ 130 title and I love promoting fights on the other side of the pond.
& # 39; The truth is that the best fans in the world now come from the UK. Taylor was spotted in Dubai with Tyson Fury & # 39; s old trainer Ben Davison as he plans his future after a split between Shane McGuigan and Cyclone Promotions.
Meanwhile, the Prestonpans hunters team in Top Rank continues to talk to undefeated Thai Khongsong & promoters – a deal with Arum optimistic to prevent the contest being offered by the IBF on Friday.
& # 39; We are working on that, & # 39; he said. & # 39; I think we will find a solution for that. & # 39;
Bristol City turns to Charlton & Lyle Taylor while striker search continues after Robins failed to get Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal
- Bristol City hopes sign a striker this month to promote promotion opportunities
- They've turned their attention to Charlton before Taylor closes the window
- It came after being frustrated in their efforts to get Nketiah from Arsenal on loan
- Taylor has scored seven goals this season in 13 games on either side of knee injury
Bristol City has paid attention to Charlton star Lyle Taylor in their attempts to draw a new striker this month.
The city hoped to get Eddie Nketiah on loan from Arsenal but saw their hope wiped out when Mikel Arteta decided to keep him with the Emirates instead of England's front man under 21 to return.
Addicks talisman Taylor scored 25 goals last season to help Charlton promote League One through the play-offs and only a knee injury sustained during international duty at Montserrat in September stopped his brilliant start in the championship .
Taylor scored five times in his first six appearances in the second layer before being excluded for three months.
The 29-year-old returned in December and scored twice, meaning that this season he achieved a score of seven goals from only 13 games.
Taylor still has r six months to go with his contract and could this su mmer, which this month Charlton & # 39; s last chance to get a compensation for their valued possession.
And the favorite of Valley fans is currently focused on returning a slight thigh injury to support Charlton & # 39; s attempt to climb the Championship table.
But city manager Lee Johnson is determined to strengthen his frontline this month and plans to pull Taylor away from South Londoners before the current transfer window ends.
& # 39; Why is he still there? & # 39 ;: Chris Sutton renews his call to Gordon Taylor to step down as PFA chief amid the charity watchdog's investigation into the union
- Gordon Taylor has led the PFA since 1981 but agreed to step down last year
- The Charity Commission is currently investigating the charity arm of the players' association
- The watchdog said it had launched an investigation into the PFA about & # 39; serious concerns & # 39;
- Chris Sutton said that Taylor there & # 39; immobile & # 39; , but hoped he would finally leave
Chris Sutton has renewed his call for Gordon Taylor to resign as Chief Professional Footballers & Association, after the Charity Commission launched a new investigation into the charity arm of the players' union.
The charity watchdog has started a legal investigation of the PFA because of & # 39; serious concerns & # 39; after an initial evaluation.
The new probe, described by the Commission as & # 39; the most serious intervention & # 39 ;, has the power to disqualify trustees, of which Taylor is £ 75 million a year, .
Taylor has been PFA CEO since 1981, but 10 months ago agreed to resign.
On Wednesday evening, Sutton, a Sportsmail columnist and vocal critic of the PFA, said: & # 39; Why is he still there? & # 39;
Sutton said: & # 39; He has built a power base around him and seems to be immobile, but perhaps this is ultimately the one. The Commission has looked at the PFA for a long time.
& # 39; The fact that this still happens a year later tells you everything you need to know. & # 39;
The research, which focuses on the Professional Footballers & Association Charity (PFAC) is expected to look at Taylor's salary.
PFA Chairman Ben Purkiss, whose revelations to Sportsmail in 2018 prompted the investigation, welcomed the development. " from the Commission underlines the seriousness of the investigation into the PFA charity. "
The pressure on Gordon Taylor to resign as the charity committee starts investigating how PFA is being conducted
- Pressure is again on Gordon Taylor to resign as PFA chief executive
- A legal investigation has been launched into the charity arm of a union
- Taylor remains on his hefty salary and takes around £ 200,000 per month home
- The committee has announced that after an initial investigation it still has serious concerns
Pressure is again on Gordon Taylor to get rid of steps of the Professional Footballers & Association after the Charity Commission took the important step to initiate a legal investigation into the charity of the union.
In what represents a seismic development in a long-term saga, the Commission – which has investigated the PFA – has demonstrated that it is still & # 39; serious concerned & # 39; after an initial evaluation.
It has now launched a new probe that says it & # 39; most serious intervention & # 39; is and will investigate whether the charity of the PFA & # 39; Relationships and transactions with other agencies are in the best interest & # 39; from a series of other lines of research.
The research, which focuses on the Professional Footballers & Association Charity (PFAC), is expected to look exactly where funding for Taylor & # 39; s £ 2.3 million salary comes from.
Bills placed in 2018 for the PFAC, of which PFA chief executive Taylor is a trustee, showed personnel costs of £ 4 million. There was no further detail about how that was broken down.
The shock movement comes after Sportsmail activated the first initial probe.
In an explosive interview in 2018, PFA president and former Walsall player Ben Purkiss claimed how he had become embroiled in a power struggle with 75-year-old Taylor.
Purkiss, who may it be now feel thoroughly justified, demanded reform and an independent management evaluation, but was confronted with an attempt to dispel him due to technical details.
After his disclosure in this paper with his views, more than 300 former players called for Taylor to step down and the CEO finally agreed to appoint an independent QC to complete a & # 39; and open review & # 39 ;, promised to resign after its publication.
But after 12 months, that review continues and there is no conclusion in sight. Taylor is still paid almost £ 200,000 a month.
No timeline has been established for legal investigation by the government department that registers and regulates charities, but it is understood that it is treated as a priority.
In the past year, the Charity Commission conducted interviews with curators and other parties. Despite & # 39; extensive involvement & # 39; they say that they continue to have & # 39; serious concerns that led to the opening of this investigation & # 39 ;.
Manchester City teenager Taylor Harwood-Bellis accused of claiming & # 39; I have more money than you & # 39; to Scunthorpe United opponent during furious exchange in EFL Trophy collision
- Scunthorpe United defeated Manchester City in the EFL trophy on Wednesday evening
- Kevin van Veen scored twice when Scunthorpe went through to the quarterfinals
- The 28-year-old claims that Taylor Harwood-Bellis is taunting him during the game
- Van Veen says that Harwood-Bellis gloated about the difference in his earnings
- Manchester City deny the allegations but say that words were exchanged
Manchester City starlet Taylor Harwood-Bellis has been accused of saying & # 39; I have more money than you & # 39; against Scunthorpe United Striker Kevin van Veen during an EFL Trophy clash.
City met Scunthorpe on Wednesday night in the round of 16 in this round competition of the season, in which Van Veen appeared twice on the score form and set up an assist in the League Two side, the young City side waived.
But the game was marred by an incident in which Harwood-Bellis played in the middle allegedly taunting the 28-year-old striker with regard to the difference in the couple's income.
Manchester City denies the allegations but said that they were exchanged between the pair after Van Veen pushed Harwood-Ellis into the billboards during the match.
After the game, the Dutch striker tweeted: & If you need sober players and players who don't cash in and give the big ones, give me a Man City ring with all due respect.
& # 39; # 2goalsandassist. In the next round we go. & # 39;
The term & # 39; cashing someone & # 39; r makes fun of another player about his merits.
Van Veen also told BBC Radio Humberside : & # 39; He really cashed me in and said: & # 39; I have more money than you. & # 39;
& # 39; When you play in City it's great, one of the biggest clubs in the world, but I just told him that if I can score twice, what do you think Harry Kane will do to you?
& # 39; He did not take that well and actually cashed in on me. I just looked at him and thought: & # 39; Why are you giving me the big one, you haven't done anything yet. & # 39;
& # 39; If I were in his position, I would never be stubborn or arrogant. I'm not saying they were all, but the middle back was. I'm glad I scored two and actually locked him up. & # 39;
Josh Taylor's ambitious decision to join legendary American promoter Bob Arum has sparked a bitter war of words with his former manager Barry McGuigan .
The Scot announced that he joined the powerful Top Rank organization and therefore split with Cyclone Promotions, run by former world champion McGuigan, Scot & # 39; s first promoter in the professional ranks who took him to the WBA and IBF titles led through a spectacular world Boxing Super Series triumph last year.
The switchover is also likely to end Taylor & # 39; s collaboration with trainer Shane McGuigan – and may still end in a legal battle.
Cyclone has issued a statement stating: & # 39; We are very disappointed to read the news today that Josh Taylor has signed a promotion agreement with another promotion company.
& # 39; Josh Taylor has an exclusive worldwide promotion contract with Cyclone Promotions.
& # 39; We have successfully brought Josh to the top of the sport from the day he became professional, along with other boxing stakeholders to deliver him the biggest fights.
& # 39; Recently Josh became IBF w world champion in May 2019, then united champion in October 2019 and since then we are working on the next phase of his career. We are sad that Josh felt the need to try to break his contract in this way and frustrated those who caused him to do so. & # 39;
Taylor went to Twitter to respond and accused Cyclone of & # 39; various breaches of contract & # 39;
& # 39; I wanted to remain respectfully silent about my relationship with Cyclone, but given that they have released a statement, it is only appropriate that I respond & # 39 ;, he said.
& # 39; Although I acknowledge and appreciate the role that Cyclone has played so far in my career, I ended my promotion agreement with Cyclone three weeks ago due to various breaches of contract, including in particular violations of a conflict of interest on the part of the promoter.
& # 39; This allowed me to search for a new promoter, which I found in Top Rank. I wanted to separate manners amicably and without resorting to legal proceedings.
& # 39; I thought and hoped that the McGuigans would feel the same, considering the lawsuit in which they are involved with other hunters. I hope that we can all move forward in a positive way and concentrate on things that advance us all. & # 39;
Although it remains to be seen while the split is taking place, there is no doubt that Arum has the key to Taylor being undisputed world champion.
And even a long-awaited unification against Jose Ramirez can be overshadowed by the planned follow-up, whereby Arum already drives the idea of a huge lucrative super fight between Taylor and American superstar Terence Crawford.
The multi-year promotion agreement, which includes global TV exposure to ESPN, also involves MTK Global taking over Taylor's management.
Along with the potential for greater exposure by signing with Arum, whose six decades in the fighting game have seen him work with everyone from Muhammad Ali to Manny Pacquiao, the deal has a clear bonus.
Top Rank already has WBC and WBO super lightweight belt holder Rami rez among their hunters. The American stands between Taylor and his lifelong dream of uniting the entire division, following the trail through colleague Scot – and personal hero for the boy from Prestonpans – Ken Buchanan.
Ramirez successfully adopted defends his titles against former Taylor victim Viktor Postol at the beginning of next month, a clash between stablemates – with all four world titles on the line – now looking to absolute certainty.
& # 39; Josh Taylor is one of & # 39; "The world's greatest best fighters," said Arum. "And he is a fighter of a fighting fan, a tough guy who is willing to fight against everyone we put before him.
" Whether it's Jose Ramirez in a fight for the undisputed junior welterweight title, or one of the welter weights from there, he is ready for the biggest challenges.
& # 39; I want to thank Josh & # 39; s advisers at MTK Global, who share the same goal as us, to make him an international star. & # 39;
While the prospect of fighting Ramirez for the honor of holding all four junior welterweight / super lightweight belts clearly catches the eye, Arum $ B! G (Bs report of a possible switch to welterweight placing the Scot in a different class of hunters With sufficiently inflated purses.
No one is asked more – or better box office – than Crawford, who happens to be part of the Top Rank Group.
The 32-year-old, with 36 wins from 36 fights, is generally regarded as one of the best pound-for-pound fighters on the net, unifying the super lightweight class in 2017 and has since been crowned WBO welterweight champion.
Crawford, whose rise to worldwide fame was arguably started when he tore the WBO belt away from the Ricky Burns in Scotland with a spectacular display in Glasgow in 2014 complains about the lack of challenge presented to him by recent contenders – and is looking for someone who can hire him.
As Taylor followed in the footsteps of the American through all vi to win the belts in one division, the 29-year-old former winner of the Commonwealth Games gold medal – only 16 fights in his professional career – would be on screen.
The Scot, whose rapid rise to double world title holder is almost without precedent in the modern game, said: & # 39; New year, a new decade with a lot of new beginnings, and I start this new decade with a big bang – 2019 was a huge year for me, but 2020 seems to be getting bigger. & # 39;
Darts legend Phil Taylor prepares for an incredible return to the sport … but 16 times world champion has been told to qualify against teenagers in a high street Rileys Sports Bar!
Phil Taylor can bring a shock back to professional darts but he will have to face pub players to qualify.
The 16-time world champion stopped two years ago after losing the PDC World Final to Rob Cross.
But now Taylor would like to return to the professional circuit according to PDC chairman Barry Hearn.
One way back would be to take his place in the UK Open qualifiers at Rileys Sports Bars next month before the March tournament to take.
Hearn told The Sun : I spoke with Phil a few weeks ago. He thought: "Shall I play the UK Open by participating in a Rileys qualification?"
& # 39; He called me and said: & # 39; What do you think about it? & # 39 ;. I said: & # 39; Look, you are no longer subject to the player's contract. You are entitled to what you like. & # 39;
Hearn added: & # 39; Phil is having fun. But part of him lacks that competitive element that he does not get during exhibitions. & # 39;
Scottish world boxer Josh Taylor pleads guilty of racist abuse of an Asian nightclub bouncer after he & # 39; a gay-looking c *** & # 39; and a & # 39; large orange-looking c *** & # 39; named in 3am rant
- Josh Taylor pleaded guilty to the racist abuse of an Asian nightclub bouncer
- The world champion named an & # 39 ; gay-looking c *** & # 39; after being kicked
- He was arrested and charged by the police and pleaded guilty on Wednesday
- Taylor was fined £ 350 but did not plead guilty of possession of class The drug cocaine
World champion Josh Taylor found guilty of racial abuse from an Asian bouncer after being thrown from an exclusive nightclub in Edinburgh.
Taylor entered an explosive tirade and called the porter & # 39; a gay-looking c *** and a large orange-looking c *** & # 39; & # 39; after he and a friend were removed from the Shanghai club in the Scottish capital after an & # 39; malfunction & # 39 ;.
Police were called on the spot in the early hours of Sunday morning and Taylor, 28, was arrested and charged.
The Scotsman, who unified the super lightweight world titles by convincing Regis Programmers in October, pleaded guilty in a threatening and offensive manner at Edinburgh Sheriff Court on Wednesday morning and was sentenced to pay a fine of £ 350.
Taylor also pleaded not guilty of possession of the class A drug cocaine at a police station in Edinburgh that was accepted by the Crown during his brief lawsuit.
Attorney Alistair Millar said: & The suspect was in the night club and there was some form of nuisance.
& # 39; Security staff said the suspect was clearly drunk and was also asked to leave the premises.
& Once outside, he acted the way he succeeded and shouted "You are all sh * t porters" and "You can't really fight".
& # 39; He said [to one doorman] "Your nose ring is gay" and "You are a gay-looking c ***". He then declared [to the doorman] "Your big orange-looking c ***". & # 39;
Lawyer Cameron Tait, defensively, said Taylor was a first time offender and caught up with friends that evening when one of them was asked to leave the club for drunken behavior.
Tait said: & # 39; Mr. Taylor said he would take care of his friend and he was told that he also had to leave.
& # 39; He protested against the door staff and advises me that they were rude and aggressive. He felt a sense of frustration. & # 39;
Mr. Tait added that the police had caught up with Taylor near the club on George Street, about ten minutes after the incident.
Police officer Nigel Ross noted that Taylor was ashamed and apologized & # 39; for his frenzy.
Earlier this week, the unified super-lightweight champion received the golden can of Tennent & Lager's in recognition of his achievements this year.
Tennent serves the legendary Golden Can for Scottish cultural icons.
Upon receiving the prize, Josh from Haddington said: “It is an honor to receive the Tennent & # 39; s Golden Can and be recognized for my contribution. to Scottish culture – so thanks Tennent. Certainly a good number of Scotland & # 39; s best pounds were consumed at the party after the fight. & # 39;