24
Oct
2020

Josh Taylor scores easy first round stoppage, calls out Jose Ramirez

Ringside 27/09/2020
Josh Taylor

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Josh Taylor made an emphatic statement in his first fight as a unified world champion, defending his WBA and IBF junior welterweight world titles with a first-round stoppage over mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong from BT Studio at York Hall.

The time of the stoppage was 2:41, as Taylor (17-0, 13 KOs) brutalized Khongsong (16-1, 13 KOs) with a left hand to the liver.

He is now in line to face WBC/WBO world champion Jose Ramirez in early 2021 for the undisputed championship.

Taylor said, “One hundred percent, I want Ramirez next. He’s a very good champion, unbeaten like myself, hungry, on top of his game.

“I thought the {Viktor} Postol fight, it wasn’t a very good performance at all. I do feel he can perform better than that given the circumstances.

“Again, I wasn’t impressed with what I’ve seen from him. Again, I want that fight right now. I believe I’ll whoop his ass all day long.

“I’ve never seen anything from him that I haven’t seen before, so yeah, I want that fight as soon as possible.

“Obviously, I know the situation with {Ramirez’s WBO} mandatory, but hopefully, we can sort of get that worked out.

Josh Taylor
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“I would like, for selfish and personal reasons, to get that fight next. I deserve it. I’ve been in big fight after big fight for my last four fights.

“Not ducked anyone. Never ducked a tournament like someone else. I’m game. I’ll fight the best whenever they want.

“To be honest, I would rather wait until the fans are back for that fight. It’s a huge fight. It’s one of the biggest fights at the minute for all the belts.”

In undercard bouts:

Bantamweight: Charlie Edwards (16-1, 6 KOs) PTS 10 Kyle Williams (11-3, 3 KOs). Referee Scorecard: 99-91.

Former WBC flyweight world champion Edwards is now a bantamweight contender, as he outboxed noted spoiler Williams in the co-feature.

Edwards moved up following his no-contest against Julio Cesar Martinez last August, which ended after Martinez struck Edwards while he was on the canvas.


Junior Featherweight: Ionut Baluta (14-2, 3 KOs) TKO 3 Davey Oliver Joyce (12-2, 9 KOs).

The year of the upset continues for Baluta, as the Romanian-born boxer-puncher bested former world champion, TJ Doheny, in March.

Baluta knocked down Joyce with a left hook in the third round and unloaded with a follow-up combination, prompting referee Steve Gray to stop the fight.

Junior Middleweight: George Davey (3-0) PTS 4 Jeff Thomas (12-8-3, 1 KO). Referee Scorecard: 40-36.

Junior Welterweight Eithan James (4-0) PTS 4 Kris Pilkington (2-8-1). Referee Scorecard: 40-36.