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The spark which ignited the world championship fire in Josh Taylor came when the bullying of him as a small boy escalated to a menacing climax as an older gang tried to tie him by the neck to a wire fence.
That was the first time I snapped, he says. My dad kept telling me the day would come when Id have to fight back. This was it. I broke free and turned on the chief culprit, who was older than me and the biggest of them. Battered him to the ground. Then I went after two more and they were scared. In shock.
Theyd been picking on me and my pals for weeks, when we played football on a rough pitch at the site of the closed pits. Taking our ball off us. Threatening. Pushing me round. The little one. After that, they stayed clear.
I was still under 10, but Id learned first-hand the lesson dad had been teaching me. That unless you stand your ground, bullies will keep going after you.
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