What Could Benefit Apinun Khongsong Against Josh Taylor?
Apinun Khongsong has the opportunity of a lifetime but can he capitalize?
Khongsong is set to challenge Taylor for the WBA (Super) and IBF Light-Welterweight Titles. The bout will take place this Saturday, September 26. It’ll be held inside the BT Sport Studio in London, England.
Like Taylor, Khongsong is also undefeated but he is a massive underdog going into this fight. Queensberry Promotions head honcho Frank Warren told ESPN that one benefit for Khongsong could be the lack of a hostile crowd in enemy territory.
“The fight between Josh and Khongsong is not going to be easy for Josh, it’s a tough one. What you see at these [behind-closed-doors] shows is there’s no away fighter, and that makes a difference to the fight in the red corner. You are getting more out of the away fighters. You don’t get fans booing them, or getting behind the home fighter.”
If Taylor is able to handle business as expected, many are hoping it’ll set up the title unification showdown with WBC and WBO Champion Jose Ramirez. A potential roadblock with this could be the fact that Jack Catterall is the mandatory WBO contender and Ramirez was given a 120-day window to defend the gold against Catterall.