WBA & IBF Super Lightweight king Josh Taylor set tongues wagging tonight as he smashed his way through mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong inside one round at the famous York Hall to set up an undisputed clash with WBO & WBC champ Jose Ramirez.
It was expected to be relatively straightforward for the 'Tartan Tornado' but I’m unsure many people were predicting a first round stoppage for the champion.
Taylor was forced into action from the opening bell as it was Khongsong who made the brighter start indicating that his may be a tricky night for the champion. However, the tables were soon turned, and Taylor crumpled his man with a left hook body shot which had his Thai challenger on the deck and unable to continue prompting Phil Edwards to count the plucky underdog out.
The shot itself didn’t seem to have too much force behind it but it was enough to see the mandatory man leave York Hall on a stretcher and receive medical attention.
Taylor immediately set his sights on Ramirez and didn’t hold back in his post-fight interview promising to ‘whoop his man’.
“I want Ramirez, he’s a great champion at the top of his game. It wasn’t a good performance from him against Viktor Postol and I want that fight now,” he exclaimed.
“I whoop him all day long hopefully we can get that fight next. I’ll leave it to my management, I know Jack Catterall is mandatory, I would be stepping aside if I was him.”
Catterall himself tweeted out about a potential showdown with Taylor or Ramirez, tweeting;
“18 Months at mandatory, beat everyone asked of me I’m ready to go against the best and test myself. Time waits for no one and nothing is guaranteed.”
For now, Josh Taylor took one more stride to proving his is undoubtedly the best Super Lightweight in the world and his dream of being undisputed champion is within touching distance, cue Ramirez.