September 26: Charlie Edwards and Davey Oliver Joyce
To Be Featured on Taylor-Khongsong Undercard on ESPN+!
(September 18th) Former flyweight world champion Charlie Edwards will test out the bantamweight waters in a 10-rounder against Kyle Williams on Saturday, Sept. 26 as the co-feature to WBA/IBF junior welterweight world champion Josh Taylor’s title defense against Apinun Khongsong in London. Taylor-Khongsong and Edwards-Williams will stream live and exclusively on ESPN+ beginning at 4 p.m. ET/1 p.m. PT, with undercard bouts at 2:30 p.m. ET/11:30 a.m. PT.
Edwards (15-1, 1 NC, 6 KOs), from the London borough of Croydon, won the WBC flyweight world title in December 2018 with a one-sided decision over Cristofer Rosales, then defended it three months later with a shutout decision over Angel Moreno. He nearly lost his world title via knockout to Julio Cesar Martinez last August on the Vasiliy Lomachenko-Luke Campbell undercard, but the bout was ruled a no contest after Martinez hit Edwards while he was on the canvas. Williams (11-2, 3 KOs) is coming off a split decision defeat last October against an over-the-weight Ionut Baluta for the vacant WBO European bantamweight title.
In undercard action on ESPN+:
Former Irish amateur superstar and 2016 Olympian Davey Oliver Joyce (12-1, 9 KOs) will make the first defense of his WBO European junior featherweight title against Baluta (13-2, 2 KOs) in a 10-rounder. Joyce moved down to junior featherweight following his shocking knockout loss to Leigh Wood last October in a bid for the WBO European featherweight title. In March, Baluta authored one of 2020’s biggest upsets, stunning former junior featherweight world champion TJ Doheny via eight-round unanimous decision.
Top prospect Willy Hutchinson (12-0, 8 KOs), who notched a first-round KO last month, will face an opponent to be named in a 10-round super middleweight fight.
Junior middleweight upstart George Davey (2-0) will see action in a four-round bout. The Queensberry Promotions prospect won a pair of Haringey Box Cup titles as an amateur.
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Former World Champ Charlie Edwards and David Oliver Joyce Head to Taylor / Khongsong Undercard!
(August 28th) MTK Global's Charlie Edwards and David Oliver Joyce will both be part of next month’s huge Josh Taylor undercard – with the duo involved in two exciting fights.
Edwards (15-1, 6 KOs) moves up to bantamweight to go up against Kyle Williams (11-2, 3 KOs), while Joyce (12-1, 9 KOs) has his rescheduled WBO European super-bantamweight title fight with Ionut Baluta (13-2, 2 KOs).
It all takes part on the undercard of the world title showdown between WBA and IBF super-lightweight champion Taylor (16-0, 12KOs) and unbeaten mandatory challenger Apinun Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs), which goes down on Saturday 26 September.
Edwards said: “I’m looking forward to getting back in the ring. It feels like it’s been a long time coming. I have had 12 months out, but I have developed more than I did even when I was a world champion.
“My life away from boxing could not be any better. I am settled in a new home, I have got engaged and in January I will become a Dad. I have never been in such a good place mentally, physically and emotionally.
“Obviously I am not world class yet at Bantamweight and that might take time, but Kyle is a very decent opponent after so long out. I’m looking forward to putting on a show against a great fighter. This fight is a fantastic domestic clash.
“It would be great to have fans there, but I’ve had similar experiences as an amateur. I once boxed in a 30,000 capacity arena in Azerbaijan with 20 people there at a World Championship qualifier.”
Promoter Frank Warren added: “Josh’s fight is a high end world title battle, and yet again we have delivered with brilliant supporting fights.
“I was very excited to sign Charlie who is a fighter I have always rated and enjoyed watching even when he wasn’t on out cards.
“I promised him that he would get the chance to become a two-weight world champion and this is the start of the journey for him. He is coming back at bantamweight, but he could also do super-flyweight if the opportunity came.”
Josh Taylor vs Thai Apinun Khongsong
Booked for September 26th!
(August 25th) Unified World Super Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor will make his return to the ring for his mandatory defence of his IBF title against the unbeaten Thai Apinun Khongsong on Saturday September 26, LIVE on BT Sport and ESPN, and his first fight since singing with MTK Global earlier this year.
Promoted by Frank Warren for Queensberry Promotions and Bob Arum for Top Rank, The Tartan Tornado will make his first appearance in the ring since his triumph in the World Boxing Super Series in London, where he defeated the previously unbeaten Regis Prograis to add the American’s WBA title to his own IBF version, while also claiming the WBSS trophy and the coveted Ring Magazine belt.
Taylor, now 16-0 (12 KOs), became world champion during the series when he defeated the then unbeaten Ivan Baranchyk via unanimous decision in Glasgow.
Khongsong (16-0, 13 KOs), from Bangkok, worked his way into mandatory position by winning the IBF Pan Pacific and IBF Asia titles. He has knocked out his last six foes, including former world title challenger Akihiro Kondo last February.
Frank Warren said: “Josh is a world class operator and I am delighted that we are playing host to what is an important mandatory defence.
“Josh is doubtless set for many big nights over in the States but he has got business to attend to here first and we are backing him to win, not least because a huge fight with our own Jack Catterall is there to be made a little further down the line.
“We have successfully played our part in bringing boxing back for the fans on TV and I said all along that we would be upping the levels as we go along and that is what we are doing here. I am thrilled we have secured Josh to perform on the BT Sport platform.”
Bob Arum said: ““Josh Taylor is on a collision course to a fight for the undisputed title, but he must first get past a very tough Thai fighter in Khongsong,”
“We are delighted that Josh’s talents will be shown live to ESPN+ and BT Sport viewers, and I expect a spectacular performance come Sept. 26.”
Jamie Conlan, Vice President of MTK Global, Taylor’s management company said: “Delighted to see the best fighter in the 140 pound division back in action, Josh has used the pandemic to his own advantage using the layoff to spend more time with his new coach Ben Davison and building a relationship together.
“Khongsong provides a real tough test as he’s the mandatory for a reason, undefeated and a big puncher, Josh really needs to be on his game to keep the big fight with Jose Ramirez in the pipeline.”