Josh Taylor reveals next opponent and defends both WBA and IBF titles for the first time.
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Now confirmed, The Tartan Tornado will put world titles on the line against the Thai fighter Apinun Khongsong next.
Josh Taylor, known as The Tartan Tornado will put his WBA and IBF super-lightweight world titles on the line against the Khongsong who is one of his mandatory defenses.
Taylor, 29, hopes that the fight against Khongsong will take place in Scotland before going on to fight either Viktor Postol or Jose Ramirez – who holds the WBC and WBO belts to unify the division. Ramirez and Postol are already scheduled to fight on February 1.
Josh Taylor has made comments previously on the situation:
“Ramirez has got the mandatory against Postol, I’ve got the mandatory against the guy from Thailand,” Taylor, who last week signed a multi-fight deal with US promoter Top Rank, revealed.
“I need to get that out of the way and he needs to get Postol out of the way. Even if Postol comes through that, that’s the fight I want because he’ll have the two other belts.
“That fight has to happen at some point this year. That’s my goal, my focus this year – becoming undisputed king, the first [Scottish] guy to do it since Ken Buchanan.
“I’m hoping I’ll have a defense in Scotland before I then go Stateside and chase the Ramirez fight.
“I can’t see Ramirez coming over here. I’d like to get it here, I’ll try to push for it to be here. But if I have to go to America, fair play, I’ll go to America and see my name up in bright lights.
Taylor’s global profile got a boost after he became the unified IBF and WBA champion with a victory over Regis Prograis back in October 2019 and defeated Victor Postol in June 2018 on his way to winning his current titles.
Both Josh Taylor and Apinun Khongsong have 16-0 records as Pro’s, Taylor with 12 KO’s and Khongsong with 13 KO’s. Taylor is rank #1 in the world in the Lightweight Division right now, with Khongsong ranking just inside the top 100 in rankings, Given heir similar records Taylor will still be seen as the heavy favorite.
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