By News Team
24th September 2020
As one of the leading lights in British boxing, Josh Taylor will defend his WBA super light-welterweight and IBF light-welterweight titles against Apinun Khongsong at York Hall in London on Saturday night.
Taylor hasn’t fought since beating Regis Prograis in October last year and is on the quest to unify the division, with a future bout against WBC and WBO champion Jose Ramirez very much in the pipeline.
Apinun Khongsong is no walkover, though. He’s coming off the back of six consecutive knockout wins and will provide a good test for the undefeated Scot this weekend.
We preview the clash below.
Taylor to prove his worth
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Although mandatory challenger Khongsong will pose a threat on Saturday night, Taylor’s camp has made no bones about his major target being to become undisputed world champion. In order to help him achieve such a feat, he’s brought in coach Ben Davison, who has championship experience during his time coaching Tyson Fury.
Despite the break from the ring, Taylor should be fresh and ready to kickstart his push to glory on Saturday night. It’s likely he’ll feel his way into the fight early with his jab and strong footwork, before looking to become more expansive as the fight progresses.
He’ll want to make a statement and is 4/1 to win in rounds 7-8.
Confident Khongsong a real threat
The unbeaten Khongsong is a legitimate threat to Taylor’s belts, however. Although the Thai boxer has never fought in Europe before, he’s undefeated in his 16 bouts, with 13 wins coming via knockout.
He has quick hands, great feet and enough energy to go 12 busy rounds if necessary. He also has explosive knockout power, which should keep Taylor on his toes throughout the fight. The big question will be whether he is capable of raising his game for this undoubted step-up in class.
A surprise knockout seems Khongsong’s most likely method of victory, and he’s currently available at 16/1 to win by KO, TKO or DQ.