By Jon Uddin | 09/23/2020
It’s been nearly a year since Scottish Super-Lightweight Champion 🏴Josh Taylor (16-0-0, 12KO) has stepped into the boxing ring. Saturday night, the unbeaten RING, WBA and IBF Super-Lightweight Champion will defend his titles against Thailand’s 🇹🇭Apinun Khongsong (16-0-0, 13KO) at York Hall in London, England.
In 2018 Taylor took a decision over the tough, rangy Ukrainian Viktor “The Iceman” Postol, after that he jumped into the Super-Lightweight bracket of the second season of the World Boxing Super Series. There, one by one, he took out Ryan Martin, a rough and rugged Ivan Baranchyk, and most impressively, then WBA Champion Regis Prograis in a highly sought after final that delivered for fans.
With his current resume, many have given “The Tartan Tornado” the nod as the best at 140 pounds. Those who would disagree with this sentiment will most likely give their vote to Jose Ramirez, the WBC and WBO titleholder of the weight class who to his own credit, has wins over Amir Imam, Antonio Orozco, Jose Zepeda, and Maurice Hooker. Most recently in August, Ramirez edged out a majority decision over common opponent Viktor Postol.
Taylor and Ramirez appear to be headed for a highly anticipated matchup, one that will hopefully take place in 2021. Until then, Taylor has to make sure those plans aren’t derailed by his next opponent.
Apinun Khongsong is in his fifth year as a pro. This will be the second time the 24 year old will fight outside of his native Thailand, the other bout taking place in Tokyo, Japan. The combined record of his opposition currently stands at 182-147-19. As we always say anything can happen in this sport, and Thai fighters always prove to be tough as they come, but he’ll be shaking off rust as he last fought in a scheduled eight rounder (W, TKO2) in July of 2019, and appears to be severely outgunned against Taylor.
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Or save your money. Not much of a play here in my opinion.