Josh Taylor: “I Didn’t Want A Warm-Up Coming Back, I Want Big Fights”

Josh Taylor Returns September 26 To Face Apinun Khongsong

Josh Taylor (left) poses with Apinun Khongsong
Josh Taylor (left) poses with Apinun Khongsong

Josh Taylor Returns September 26 To Face Apinun Khongsong

Unified 140-pound world champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) makes his return to the ring on September 26. He will defend the WBA & IBF Super Lightweight world titles against IBF mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs) at the BT Sports Studio in Stratford, England. Taylor – Khongsong will air live on BT Sports in the UK and on ESPN+ in the U.S.

This will be Taylor’s first ring appearance since he defeated Regis Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) in the finals of the WBSS Super Lightweight Tournament. In the process, he unified the WBA and IBF world 140-pound titles on October 26, 2019.

The 29-year-old from Edinburgh, Scotland released a statement to the media expressing his enthusiasm at getting back into the ring after an 11-month layoff as well.

“I’m excited to be back in the ring after a long layoff. The coronavirus had put everything on hold for a few months. So, it’s been nice to be in the gym again and back to some normality.”

“I didn’t want a warm-up fight, so getting straight back in there against my mandatory challenger is great, as it’s kept me fully focused. I want big fights in my career, so this is an important fight with my belts on the line.”

Taylor has visions of becoming a superstar in the sport. He has not been shy about his desire to face WBC/WBO world Super Lightweight champion Jose Ramirez (25-0, 17 KOs) and become the undisputed world champion at 140 pounds. It’s the main reason he left Cyclone Promotions and signed a multi-fight, co-promotional deal with Top Rank in January 2020.

First and foremost, he must overcome the 24-year-old from Bangkok, Thailand. Khongsong is unbeaten and has stopped his last six opponents.

By: Michael Wilson Jr.

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