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Taylor Keeps Super Lightweight Belts After 1st-round KO

Taylor Keeps Super Lightweight Belts After 1st-round KO

Josh Taylor retained his WBA and IBF super lightweight belts after knocking out unbeaten challenger Apinun Khongsong in the first round on Saturday.

LONDON: Josh Taylor retained his WBA and IBF super lightweight belts after knocking out unbeaten challenger Apinun Khongsong in the first round on Saturday.

Taylor (17-0, 13 KO) caught the Thai (16-1, 13 KO) with a left-hand body shot to secure victory after 2 minutes, 41 seconds at York Hall.

Apinun rolled off the canvas and left the arena on a stretcher.

The title bout was Taylors first fight in 11 months, since winning the WBA title against Regis Prograis.

Of his knockout punch, the Scot told BT Sport: That sank right in. I felt it sinking in straight away.

I knew from watching him on videos, he swings on the break when youre in close on the clinch, he swings straight away always with a hook and an uppercut. I sort of pressed in against him, smothered him up and pushed him against the ropes and as he threw the right hand, I hit him with a left hook which I felt sinking right in.

I knew it was a real good shot. I didnt know it hurt him to that extent until I turned round and saw him lying on the floor.”

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