Josh Taylor believes he will get the chance to fight the biggest names in boxing after quitting Barry McGuigan’s Cyclones Promotions company for Las Vegas-based Top Rank.

Boxing legend McGuigan has supported Taylor in his journey from turning professional to becoming IBF and WBA super lightweight champion last October and McGuigan’s son Shane has been the 29-year-old’s long-term trainer.

However, a link-up with Bob Arum’s American company looks set to boost Taylor’s chances of setting up a unification fight with Jose Ramirez, with the WBC and WBO title holder part of the same stable.

As part of the switch, Taylor has agreed an advisory deal with MTK Global.

Taylor, who is unbeaten in 16 fights, said: “I just want to announce I’ve signed a new deal with Top Rank and ESPN.

“I’m super-excited to be announcing this for the next chapter of my career.

“I believe Top Rank and ESPN have the platform to take my career to the next level and get me the massive fights in America with the biggest names in boxing.”

Top Rank chairman Arum, who also represents Terence Crawford, said: “Josh Taylor is one of the world’s best fighters, and he is a fight fan’s fighter, a tough guy willing to fight anyone we put in front of him.

“Whether it’s Jose Ramirez in a fight for the undisputed junior welterweight title or any of the welterweights out there, he’s ready for the biggest challenges.”

However, Taylor looks set to be on collision course with McGuigan over his defection.

A Cyclones statement read: “We are very disappointed to read the news today that Josh Taylor has signed a promotional agreement with another promotional company.

“Josh Taylor is under an exclusive worldwide promotional contract with Cyclone Promotions.

“We have successfully brought Josh to the pinnacle of the sport...

“We are saddened that Josh has felt the need to attempt to break his contract in this manner and frustrated at those who have caused him to do so.”