Josh Taylor confirms next fight against mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong after signing with Bob Arum’s Top Rank – The Sun

JOSH TAYLOR will face mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong in his next fight.

Unified super-lightweight champion Taylor, 29, will face the the Thai contender on Saturday, May 2 at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

The Scot added the WBA title to his IBF strap in October in a Fight of The Year contender against Regis Prograis, also winning the World Boxing Super Series.

But since then Taylor has split with Barry McGuigan's Cyclone Promotions to link up with US powerhouse Top Rank as well as management company MTK.

The Brit's next fight will be promoted by veteran Frank Warren – who has a partnership with Top Rank chief Bob Arum – with the Khongsong clash televised by BT Sports in the UK.

As part of Taylor's ugly split with the McGuigans it saw him part ways with trainer Shane.

The unbeaten southpaw has since trialled Adam Booth and Ben Davison while also wanting to explore a move to the US.

But ahead of his homecoming in Scotland, Taylor said: "I am super excited to kickstart the new year with a fresh start and with a new team.

"I can’t wait to get the ball rolling with putting on a great performance."

Promoter Arum added: “Josh Taylor is a truly special fighter who is set on becoming the undisputed 140-pound champion in 2020.

“I have no doubt he will put on a sensational performance for his home fans. I can’t wait for ‘The Tartan Tornado’ to return.”

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