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Josh Taylor announces title defence against Apinun Khongsong

Taylor will be in the ring for the first time since becoming unified world champion.

Josh Taylor announces title defence against Apinun Khongsong SNS

Josh Taylor will make his first title defence since becoming unified world champion when he fights in Glasgow in May.

Taylor has announced that he is to face Thai boxer Apinun Khongsong at the SSE Hydro on May 2 in a mandatory defence of his IBF super-lightweight title.

The Prestonpans fighter added the WBA and Ring Magazine belts to his collection when he defeated Regis Prograis in October.

In a statement, Taylor said: “I am super excited to kick-start the new year with a fresh start and with a new team I can’t wait to get the ball rolling with a great performance.”

Promoter Frank Warren said: “Josh is destined for many big fights over in the States but he has got business to attend to first on the home front and this presents an opportunity for the Scottish fans to really get behind their man in huge world title action.”

Should Taylor beat Khongsong, who is undefeated with 13 knockouts from 16 fights, he aims to fight WBO and WBC champion Jose Ramirez later this year to become undisputed super-lightweight champion.