Josh Taylor has revealed the secret to his world title preparations – cannabis oil.
The Scot will challenge super-lightweight champion Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow on Saturday night in his biggest fight to date.
Victory will also send him into the World Boxing Super Series final against Regis Prograis.
And the energetic Taylor has found calm in the perfectly legal supplement.
“I’m feeling surprisingly laidback. I’m sleeping like a baby, which is probably down to the preparations,” he said.
“I’m taking CBD oil so maybe that’s why I’m so relaxed and chilled out!
“Joking aside, it does help me relax and focus. I’ve always had trouble sleeping at night, being a bit hyper and going over things, but the last few camps I’ve taken that stuff and it’s really helped.
“I’m also happier and more settled down south. I’m not living out of a suitcase in a hotel but with my girlfriend and dog in the flat.
“I can go back to the flat after my sessions in the gym, rather than just hanging about. I can walk the dog, go for something to eat, go and have a sleep. That’s a key factor.
“I’m relaxed, focused and super confident. I can’t wait.”
London may now be his permanent base but Scotland will always be home and Taylor hopes the surge of pride he gets returning north of the border can take him to victory this weekend.
He said: “It’s always great to fight in front of my home fans, especially when it’s the biggest fight of my career.
“This is an opportunity to become a world champion in front of my fans, my friends and family. It’s a dream come true.
“Of course, I miss Scotland. I miss the banter and the carry on . The patter is not the same down there.
“But I’m doing what I have to do to focus on my career and give it my best shot.
“Touch wood it’s not the case but if I don’t get to become world champion in this fight or the next, at least I’ll be able to say I gave it 100 per cent.”
Taylor has been fast-tracked to the top of his weight division by promoter Barry McGuigan, with his first world title shot coming just 15 fights into his professional career.
Baranchyk is making the first defence of the belt he won in October with his 12th career stoppage against Swede Anthony Yigit.
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