BOXING star Josh Taylor insists is he "ready to go" as he prepares to defend his WBC Silver super lightweight title against Miguel Vazquez on Saturday.

The 26-year-old Prestonpans southpaw sensation (pictured below during his win over Ohara Davies) was speaking at the final press conference ahead of the fight with the 30-year-old Mexican former world champion at the Royal Highland Centre.

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And Taylor, an ex-Preston Lodge High School pupil, said: "I'm feeling good and fresh and I'm ready to go.

"Miguel [Vazquez] is in good shape and he's a tough, tough fighter who's been at the top for a long, long time."

The county star did admit, though, that defeat to Vazquez – who he has previously said represents a "risk" to his unbeaten 10-fight record – would be a "major speed bump" in his career.

Taylor, if he overcomes the Mexican, has been tipped to fight for a world title within the next 12 months.

And the county star, dubbed the Tartan Tornado, said: "If I don't pull through this my hopes and dreams are going to be put on hold for a while. 

"I need to make sure that I get through this and continue on my way to being world champion."

And Taylor is under no illusions as to the challenge he faces at the Royal Highland Centre.

"He is up for it, he wants to come here and win the belt, so it's going to be a good fight," he added.]

Barry McGuigan, who manages the Cyclone Promotions stable that Taylor is aligned to, is looking forward to a "great night" on Saturday evening. 

Vazquez, meanwhile, said: "I respect Josh Taylor, and I come very well prepared for a tough fight. Hopefully I can win the title on Saturday night.”

The two fighters will face off for the final time tomorrow (Friday) ahead of the bout at today's weigh-in at Prestonpans Community Centre.

Up to 600 people are able to attend, with Taylor's family and friends likely to be in attendance in his hometown. 

The weigh-in begins from 1.30pm and we'll be there to bring you updates as both fighters step on the scales.