by Kris Anthony (firstname.lastname@example.org)
WBA/IBF junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor will finally return to the ring against IBF No.1 contender, Bangkok’s Apinun Khongsong (16-0, 13 KO’s) on Saturday Sept 26th. The fight will be held at the BT Sport Studio (London) with the fight airing live BT Sport in the UK and on ESPN+ in the US.
Queensberry Promotions (Frank Warren) along with Top Rank promote Taylor (16-0, 12 KO’s) with this fight being “The Tartan Tornado’s” first after signing with MTK Global and Top Rank earlier in 2020.
Taylor was interviewed by BBC Scotland:
“I’ve got to fully focus on Apinun Khongsong because, if I don’t, something like what happened to Dilian Whyte could happen to me. That would throw my career, my goals and ambitions up in the air.
“Khongsong is coming here to whip away my belts – it’s the chance of his life to get two belts. He’ll be coming here to give it his all, but I’m fully focused on him and there is no way I’m going to overlook this guy.
“I keep getting asked about the Ramirez fight, unification fights, moving up to 147 and fighting Terence Crawford and Manny Pacquiao, but that’s all down the line.
“That’s why I signed with Top Rank because all these fights should be easy to make. They’ve also said fighting in Scotland is not off the table, so that’s what I want to do.
“To see my name in bright lights at the MGM Grand or Madison Square Garden, every fighter dreams of that. But having a fight at Edinburgh Castle or Easter Road would just be amazing for Scottish sport. Especially a fight at the Castle with that backdrop, it would be an iconic moment in Scottish sporting history.”