JOSH Taylor plans to smoke out Ivan Baranchyk after turning to cannabis oil to finally find his inner calm.
The Tartan Tornado is preparing for the biggest night of his life on Saturday as he fights for the Belarussian’s IBF world super-lightweight title in Glasgow.
The SSE Hydro clash – which doubles as the World Boxing Super Series’ semi-final – will put the Prestonpans man’s temperament to the test like never before as he looks to complete his boyhood ambition of becoming world champion.
But Taylor insists he has never been more relaxed heading into a big fight.
Former Cyclone Promotions stablemate George Groves revealed earlier this week how he would often wake during the night to find energetic Taylor shadow boxing.
But the 28-year-old says he is rested and ready for the undefeated Baranchyk, known as The Beast, after discovering the calming powers of CBD oil.
Taylor, who has recently moved from his Prestonpans home to London, said: “I’m surprisingly laid back.
“I’m sleeping like a baby, which is probably down to the preparations.
“I’m settled in London, I’m not living out of a suitcase in a hotel but with my girlfriend and dog in the flat.
“I’m relaxed, focused and super confident. I can’t wait.
“I’m taking this CBD oil, so maybe that’s why I am so relaxed. Maybe that’s why I’m so 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 me.
“I’m also happier and more settled down south. 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. I think that’s a key factor.”
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.
At Wednesday’s pre-fight press conference, the 26-year-old scoffed when Taylor insisted he had identified flaws in his armour but the Scot has promised he will not be laughing come Saturday night.
“I think he believes he’ll come here and walk through me,” said Taylor. “It’ll be a shock to him when I hit him, and hit him, and hit him hard.
“He’s never been hit by anyone yet so he will be shocked by my speed and power.”