Josh Taylor Vs Apinun Khongsong Finalised For May 2nd At SSE Arena
WBA/IBF Super Lightweight champion Josh Taylor will make his anticipated return to the squared circle against Thai contender Apinun Khongsong on the 2nd of May at the SSE Arena in Glasgow.
Taylor,who is promoted by Frank Warren’s Queensberry Promotions and Top Rank will be making his first appearance since defeating Regis Prograis in the World Boxing Super Series Final, adding the WBA title to his IBF title.
“Josh Taylor is a truly special fighter who is set on becoming the undisputed 140-pound champion in 2020,” said Top Rank chairman Bob Arum. “I have no doubt he will put on a sensational performance for his home fans. I can’t wait for ‘The Tartan Tornado’ to return.”
“I am delighted that we are able to be part of bringing Josh Taylor to Glasgow at such an important juncture in his career,” Warren said. “Josh is destined for many big fights over in the States, but he has got business to attend to first on the home front, and this presents an opportunity for the Scottish fans to really get behind their man in huge world title action.”
Taylor will be fighting in a familiar territory , having headlined the SSE Hydro four times in the past and managed to pull out huge crowds in each of those occasions.
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Josh Taylor took a very bumpy trip to becoming a world title first by defeating Victor Pistol via a wide unanimous decision to earn himself a place in the World Boxing Super Series then won his first world title with a unanimous decision victory over the previously unbeaten Ivan Baranchyk and then Won the tournament with a split decision over Regis Prograis in the Final, Thereby winning the WBA title in the process.
“I am super excited to kickstart the new year with a fresh start and with a new team,” Taylor said. “It’s great to have the teams at MTK Global, Queensberry Promotions and Top Rank in my corner, and I’m delighted to be fighting on BT Sport and ESPN+ and even more so that this is happening in Scotland in front of a home crowd who have waited so long for this! I can’t wait to get the ball rolling with putting on a great performance.”
Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs), who will be fighting for the first time outside Asia has earned his mandatory shot at Taylor’s title after claiming all the Asian and Asia Pacific titles, knocking out his last six opponents including handing former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo his first Knockout loss in his last outing