World Boxing Association (WBA) Super Lightweight Super Champion Josh Taylor from Scotland and his challenger Apinun Khongsong from Thailand held their final press conference before their bout this Saturday in London, England.
The event, held in public, was attended by dozens of journalists and both fighters had the opportunity to express their impressions of the upcoming fight and what they expect from it.
“You will see on Saturday the changes I have made working with Ben (Davison) and I am not going to give away what we have been working on. It is good and we’ve been working on a lot of things, this is a nice start to a whole new book. This is the start of it, it is going to be better than the last one and I can’t wait to get going on Saturday”, said the champion Taylor.
When asked about his opponent, the Brit assured that he is above his level and that he will beat him easily.
“Khongsong is standing in the way of where I want to go so I need to get rid of him. This is his introduction to world boxing and I am going to make it a painful one for him. He doesn’t belong at this level and I am a couple of levels above him. I am going to go in there and knock him out on Saturday”, he said.
“I’ve seen a lot of things that I can exploit. He’s a very good fighter and very strong, he punches with both hands with power, but that’s not enough to beat me. I’m looking forward to being there on Saturday and putting in a good performance”, continued the monarch.
In Khongsong’s case, he knows he is facing an important opportunity and is living the moment with great intensity. In addition, he said that he has the goal of knocking Taylor out.
“I am happy to fight here and being behind closed doors is good for me because there will be no people and boxing fans. I am very proud to fight Josh Taylor because he is a very good champion. I have prepared very well to fight him on Saturday. The plan is to stop Josh Taylor by knockout”, the Asian boxer said bluntly.
The weigh-in ceremony will take place this Friday. It will be the last step before the fight, where they are required to weigh the 140 pounds of the division in order to fight for the titles at stake.