Coming off his spirited effort against Adrien Broner on September 6, Emanuel Taylor (18-3, 12 KO’s) opens up about the fight and his future aspirations. He wants the big names and the big fights, and has plans of becoming a world champion early in 2015.
After your performance with Broner, many believe that your stock was raised. How do you feel after that performance?
I feel real good. I am ready to get back into the ring. I am ready to show the world what I got. I have a huge fan base after that fight. They want to see me back in the ring ASAP. I am ready to get back in there in December or January.
You proved that you belong to be able to fight the elite fighters. Do you feel that you are fully entrenched to be mentioned for big fights?
I sure Hope so. I feel that I only should be fighting the fights on HBO or Showtime. I am ready right now to fight all the big dogs.
You have been mentioned for some big fights like Amir Khan, although he just signed to fight Devon Alexander. Who are the guys that you are looking at to fight?
I would have liked that fight with Khan. I see Mauricio Herrera has a fight coming up (against Jose Benavidez). Jesse Vargas is another one. Zab Judah–I will fight him right now. Then we will go from there. I see up and coming prospects like Frankie Gomez. He is a good fighter. I would like to fight him as well.
Give me a perfect scenario for you. Do you see another fight before the end of the year? Where do you expect to be by this time next year?
Hopefully I get another fight before the end of the year or January. By this time next year, I will be a world champion. I will have a belt in the 140-pound division then go up to 147 pounds for the rest of my career.
If you got a call tomorrow for a good fight at 147 pounds, is that an issue?
Not at all. I fought the beginning of my career at 147. It wasn’t that type of competition. But I can handle it.
How about a fight with your fellow Beltway resident Lamont Peterson?
Me and Lamont have similar styles. I have been in with him in the gym a couple times. I give him a lot of respect. I would like to get in the ring with him too.
How do you like the new fan base and attention?
I like it a lot. I am starting to see it especially on my social media. It gives me more motivation to get another fight. It also makes me train harder.
Any final thoughts?
I want to thank D & D Management Team, my co-manager Felix Dialosio & my promoter Star Boxing for taking my career to the next level I want to shout my trainer, my father. I will have a world championship around my waist. I will have that pretty soon. I can’t wait to get back in the ring on HBO or Showtime for my next fight and take it from there.