Tay­lor frus­trated af­ter Ring Mag­a­zine’s top-10 snub

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JOSH TAY­LOR has hit out af­ter he was left off the lat­est top-10 rank­ings of the best pound-for­pound box­ers in the world.

De­spite win­ning his 16th straight bout in be­com­ing the WBA and IBF su­per light­weight cham­pion with a points vic­tory over Regis Pro­grais last month, box­ing bible Ring Mag­a­zine have over­looked the 28-year-old.

Tak­ing to Twit­ter, Ed­in­burgh-born Tay­lor said: “Only [16-0], uni­fied world champ, Ring Mag­a­zine champ, 3/4 of my last op­po­nents have been world cham­pi­ons, 3 of which were un­de­feated.

“They have a com­bined record of 94-1 & lat­est I beat 1 of P4P favourites [Pro­grais]. Yet I still mange to miss the P4P list! Sucks to be a Scots­man doesn’t it.”

Mean­while, An­thony Joshua’s trainer Rob McCracken has no re­grets over his han­dling of the heavy­weight’s shock loss to Andy Ruiz Jr in their world heavy­weight ti­tle bout in June.

Joshua will have McCracken in his corner for next month’s re­match in Saudi Ara­bia af­ter re­sist­ing calls led by for­mer cham­pion Len­nox Lewis to ditch the man who mas­ter­minded his rise to global suc­cess.

McCracken came in for par­tic­u­lar crit­i­cism af­ter ap­pear­ing to ac­knowl­edge he knew Joshua was con­cussed dur­ing the con­test, which he lost by a sev­enth-round stop­page in one of the di­vi­sion’s great­est up­sets.

McCracken said: “As a trainer you’ve got to be hon­est with your­self – you’ve got to be able to look your­self in the mir­ror af­ter a fight and ask your­self, did I do the right thing for that boxer?

“The mo­ment you think they have no chance of get­ting back into it, that’s when you should step in and be brave, and take all the crit­i­cism you’ve go­ing to get in the other way.

“At no point did I think that Big Josh had no chance of get­ting back into that fight.”

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