TwitterFacebook

Josh Taylor destroys Apinun Khongsong in one to keep Jose Carlos Ramirez fight alive

Anthony Cocks

Australian-based boxing journalist Anthony Cocks has been covering the sport for over 15 years for various print and online publications. He refuses to believe that Roberto Duran ever lost to Tommy Hearns and says that Jeff Fenech would destroy Chuck Norris, Bruce Lee and Muhammad Ali on the same night.

Follow Anthony Cocks on: Twitter | Facebook
KO Boxing Forum

Last week WBA and IBF junior welterweight champion Josh ‘The Tartan Tornado’ Taylor 17-0 (13) said “it only takes one punch in boxing” ahead of his clash with hard-hitting Thai Apinun Khongsong 16-1 (13) ahead of their 12-round championship clash on Saturday night.

That proved to be a salient comment as he knocked out Khongsong with a left hand to the body at 2:41 of the opening frame at London’s York Hall.

The 29-year-old Scottish southpaw was cagey early, boxing up on his toes and wary of Khongsong’s vaunter power. The challenger whipped in some wild overhand rights that fell short of their mark as the champion looked to find his rhythm and range.

See Also

Late in the first round the pair tied up and as they fought out of the clinch Taylor landed a seemingly innocuous left to the midsection.

The punch left Khongsong writhing on the canvas long after he was counted out.

“That body shot sank right in,” said Taylor in his post-fight interview with BT Sport in the UK.

“He swings on the break with a hook or the uppercut and I seen that coming.

“I smothered him up, pushed him against the ropes, and as he threw the right hand, I hit him with the left hook. I knew that was a real good shot.”

The victory paved the way for a tantalising four-belt unification bout with WBC and WBO 140-pound champion Jose Carlos Ramirez 26-0 (17) who is coming off a 12-round majority decision win over Viktor Postol last month.

“I want Ramirez next,” Taylor said.

“I wasn’t impressed with his performance in the Postol fight, and I believe I’ll whip his ass all day long.

“I haven’t seen anything from him that I haven’t seen before. I’ve never ducked anyone but being honest I would rather it happened when the fans are back because it’s a huge fight, one of the biggest fights in boxing.

“A fight of that magnitude would be better with the fans there, either on these shores or in America.”

In the main support bout former WBC flyweight champion Charlie Edwards 16-1 (6) moved up to bantamweight to outpoint Kyle Williams 11-3 (3) over 10.

Referee and lone judge Bob Williams scored the fight 99-91.

The 27-year-old Edwards, who was having his first fight in more than a year, boxed well early and late in the contest but Williams did have moments of success during the middle rounds.

“I needed to shake off the ring rust,” said Edwards in his post-fight interview with BT Sport in the UK.

“Kyle didn’t stop coming for the 10 rounds and he gave me some close rounds. I’m not a bantamweight, I’m a (junior bantamweight), but it was nice to get in there and fight a good opponent in Kyle Williams, who is no mug.

“I’m back, and now we’ll push forward and look for big and better fights.”

On the undercard Romanian super bantamweight Ionut Baluta 14-2 (3) stopped Irishman David Oliver Joyce 12-2 (9) at 1:49 of the third round of their scheduled 10-round contest.

FITE – BOXING TV FIXTURES

TOP STORIES

Sergey Lipinets unfazed by late change of opponent, ready for…

Sergey Lipinets unfazed by late change of opponent, ready for Custio Clayton

Former IBF junior welterweight champion Sergey Lipinets 16-1 (12) says a late change in opponent won’t make any difference to him when he faces undefeated Canadian Custio Clayton 18-0 (12) for the interim IBF welterweight title at the Mohegan Sun Cas…

Eddie Hearn claims Deontay Wilder has bottled it after Tyson…

Eddie Hearn claims Deontay Wilder has bottled it after Tyson Fury fight cancelled

Eddie Hearn has claimed Deontay Wilder 42-1-1 (41) either doesn’t want a third fight with Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21) or his team is simply inept at contract negotiations. The 32-year-old Fury claimed the WBC heavyweight title with a dominant seventh-r…

Carlos Cuadras ready to roll over Juan Francisco Estrada to…

Carlos Cuadras ready to roll over Juan Francisco Estrada to line up Chocolatito Gonzalez rematch

Former WBC super flyweight champion Carlos ‘Principe’ Cuadras 39-3-1 (27) is looking to regain his old title when he takes on current WBC 115-pound champion Juan Francisco ‘El Gallo’ Estrada 40-3 (27) in their rematch at the TV Azteca Studios in Mexi…

Carlos Takam firms as favourite to face Tyson Fury in…

Carlos Takam firms as favourite to face Tyson Fury in December

Carlos Takam 39-5-1 (28) has emerged as the frontrunner to face WBC heavyweight champion Tyson Fury 30-0-1 (21) in London on December 5. Fury was expected to face Deontay Wilder for a third time in December but walked away from the fight when the …

Leo Santa Cruz ready to show Tank Davis who the…

Leo Santa Cruz ready to show Tank Davis who the real monster is

WBA super featherweight champion Leo Santa Cruz 37-1-1 (19) is relishing his role as underdog ahead of his clash with undefeated lightweight Gervonta ‘Tank’ Davis 23-0 (22) at the Alamodome in San Antonio, Texas on October 31. “I’m looking forward…

Danny Roman back in the gym, calls out Luis Nery

Danny Roman back in the gym, calls out Luis Nery

Former unified super bantamweight champion Danny ‘The Baby-Faced Assassin’ Roman 28-3-1 (10) has his sights set on undefeated WBC 122-pound titleholder Luis ‘Pantera’ Nery 31-0 (24). Nery picked up the vacant title with a 12-round unanimous decisi…

Welcome

Welcome to Ringnews24; read the latest boxing news from around the world.

The site is run by boxing fans James Tonks and Lee Daley.

If you have any questions or suggestions, feel free toEmail Us

Write for Ringnews24

KO BOXING FORUM

CONNECT WITH US