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Josh Taylor must prove he does not need Tartan Army in Apinun Khongsong test

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Josh Taylor faces a tough challenge tonight when he takes on tricky Thai foe Apinun Khongsong.

He is not just dealing with the unbeaten fighter that is standing in front of him – but also the lack of a crowd ahead for the IBF and WBA light-welterweight title clash.

Scottish ace Taylor is used to being roared on by the Tartan Army who create an intimidating atmosphere for visiting fighters on these shores.

Khongsong would have had to step into the lion's den if this bout took place in Glasgow's Hydro Arena early in the summer as originally planned.

But the virus restrictions means the travelling mandatory challenger for the IBF belt doesn't have to deal with the home support.

Josh Taylor has another big fight ahead of him

That will be a huge advantage for Khongsong who is a dangerous opponent for Taylor in his first fight with his new team.

Taylor will have to be at his very best to secure a win and start plotting even bigger fights ahead.

On the undercard, I can't wait for Charlie Edwards to have his first fight with us as he takes on Kyle Williams.

Charlie Edwards will have his first fight with Frank Warren's promotional company this weekend

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Edwards is a fighter I've long admired and he is now re-energised and ready to become a two-weight world champion.

This fight will help get him back in action after a while out of the ring before we plot out his way to a super-flyweight world title shot next year.

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Irishman David Oliver Joyce is also in an interesting clash against Ionut Baluta at super-bantamweight.

Frank Warren will host the first fight back on July 10, which will be aired on BT Sport
Frank Warren is excited for the action this weekend

While we have some good prospects worth keeping an eye on in George Davey, Eithan James and Jordan Flynn on the card.

This week's news from the UK Government regarding crowds is a huge blow for the sport.

We need fans paying at the gate to help ensure the biggest and best fights happen while also delivering enjoyment for supporters.

But we will plough on with our plans and promise to deliver some exciting cards in the coming weeks while also working on ways we can get fans back into arenas.

Watch Taylor v Khongsong live on BT Sport 1 from 7.30pm

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