Top Rank Throwdown: Josh Taylor Set To Return To Action
It was only a matter of time for Josh Taylor to fight under the Top Rank banner after signing with the promotion earlier this year. Now, a date and opponent have both been set.
Taylor will be defending his WBA and IBF Welterweight Titles against Apinun Khongsong on September 26. Taking place in the BT Sport Studio in London, the MTK Global product will have his fight shown on ESPN+.
“Josh Taylor is on a collision course to a fight for the undisputed title, but he must first get past a very tough Thai fighter in Khongsong,” said Top Rank’s Bob Arum. “We are delighted that Josh’s talents will be shown live to ESPN+ and BT Sport viewers, and I expect a spectacular performance come Sept. 26.”
Making his professional debut in 2015, Taylor (16-0) is a former Commonwealth Light-Welterweight Champion. He won the IBF Light-Welterweight Title by beating Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series Light-Welterweight tournament. “The Tartan Tornado” would then beat Regis Prograis for the WBA and The Ring Light-Welterweight Titles in the finals.
The hope is that Taylor can win his fight in order to face Jose Ramirez for the latter’s WBC and WBO Light-Welterweight Titles. Ramirez is set to face off against Viktor Postol on August 29.
“I’m excited to be back in the ring after a long layoff,” Taylor stated. “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.
Khongsong (16-0) made his professional debut in 2016. His last fight was in July 2019, beating Yosmar Kefi via TKO. It was Khongsong’s sixth-straight win via some form of knockout.
Undercard information and what time fight night will be held will be announced within the next few weeks.