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Josh Taylor: Khongsong a Good Fighter, We Can Expose Things on Fight Night

Josh Taylor insists the lack of crowd will have no impact on his performance when he puts his world titles on the line against Apinun Khongsong later this month.

Undefeated Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) defends his WBA and IBF super-lightweight titles against fellow unbeaten fighter Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs) on September 26, live on ESPN+ in association with Top Rank and BT Sport in association with Queensberry Promotions.

Taylor and his trainer Ben Davison attended the BT Sport event this past Saturday to get a feel of what their fight night will be like, and the Edinburgh star is now confident that the unique venue won’t prevent him from producing a dazzling display.


Taylor said: “This is what I live for. The big nights and the big stage is what I dreamed of and there is no way I’ll let the pandemic and no crowd let it slip and have an impact on my performance.

“I’m going to take this opportunity with both hand and keep hold of my belts, and then we’ll move onto bigger and better things.

“I was at the show on Saturday and thought it would be quite weird but it’s still impressive. It’s got the razzle dazzle with the big screen and the lights, so it’s still got that fight night feel. That’s the last box ticked off that I was concerned about, so there are no worries now.

“The time me and Ben have spent together has been brilliant, and it’s been good getting to know each other personally. We’re on the same page and have been flying in the gym.

“Khongsong is a good fighter who punches right through the target and has power in both hands, but we’ve studied him a lot and we think we can expose things on fight night.”

Trainer Ben Davison added: “It was good to go to the venue and get an idea of what to expect. This isn’t going to be a fight where Josh needed the backing of the crowd, as we want him to have a smart approach.

“Josh has come off a fantastic win, and it’s not about overlooking information. There are just a little bit of adjustments and fine tuning to make. Things are starting to come together at the right time and it’s all about peaking on the night.”

Elsewhere on the card on September 26, former world champion Charlie Edwards returns as he takes on Kyle Williams, while Davey Oliver Joyce puts his WBO European super-bantamweight title on the line against Ionut Baluta.

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by 1hourRun on 09-16-2020

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;20763088]Baranchyk is a solid fighter. He was no joke throws to hurt. Taylors last 5 opponents, combined record of W 94 & L 1. You should know - you've backed em all :eek: He's fighting the best out. Fact.…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 09-16-2020

[QUOTE=1hourRun;20762348]Edinburgh-Glasgow, Tomato-Tomatoe. Kalle Sauerland would agree with me, since Kalle called Josh Taylor a Brit in the post-fight-presser and said the 'Tart-Tomato' was P4P, as Taylor sat almost completely blind from the beating that 'Rougarou' gave him :lol1: I just…

Comment by 1hourRun on 09-15-2020

[QUOTE=Marvlus Marv;20762254]Come on, man! Edinburgh not Glasgow. And that pic has been reversed. I was there. It was the Tornado's [U]right eye[/U] that took Prog's head smashes. Notice his left eye is unmarked. That means he was barely tickled by…

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 09-15-2020

[QUOTE=1hourRun;20761766][img][/img] Skills! Why does Josh look like a squashed tomato after the big fights? :lol1: Jose Ramirez world amateur and professional pedigree is well beyond Taylor's Glasgow Euro-school of boxing. #levels[/QUOTE] Come on, man! Edinburgh not Glasgow. And that pic…

Comment by 1hourRun on 09-15-2020

[QUOTE=GlassJoey;20761864]JT looks shredded.You underestimate the PED supply in Europe during lockdown after vada got furloughed Dillian lost about 3 stone of moobs in a 2 month camp[/QUOTE] [img][/img] Europe must of had a shortage on the PED's that give you…

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