Josh Taylor steps into the unknown in bid to unify super-lightweight division

Josh Taylor and Apinun Khongsong boast identical professional records.

Scotland's reigning WBA and IBF super-lightweight world champion has won boxed 16 contests and won 16 times.

Thailand's IBF Pan Pacific super-lightweight king has also boxed 16 times and won 16 fights.

But the Thai-phoon has won 13 by knockout, including his last six in succession, while the Tartan Tornado has won 12 by stoppage and three of his last four have gone the distance.

However, Taylor is a huge bookies favourite to win tonight's world title defence, live on BT Sport 1. He is 1/25 to triumph with thepools.com while Khongsong is a 16/1 outsider .

The reasons are clear.

Khongsong is relatively unknown in the UK and has only fought at regional level. He won the IBF Pan Pacific super-lightweight and the Asian version and defended both to earn his mandatory position to challenge Taylor.

While Taylor has been in with – and beaten – the very best since he first emerged into our consciousness by becoming the first man to rough up and stop the previously unstoppable Ohara Davies.

Since then Taylor has prevailed against fighters of the quality of Ivan Baranchyk and Regis Prograis.

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But beating Khongsong is not a formality.

The challenger has one notable victory over Japanese lightweight champion Akihiro Kondon (32-9-1, 18KOs), who once took Sergey Lipinets (16-1, 12KOs) the 12-round distance when challenging unsuccessfully for the IBF World super-lightweight title.

Khongsong was level on the cards until he produced a stunning uppercut that ended the fight instantly in round five, becoming the first opponent ever to inflict a stoppage on Kondon's record.

So he can bang. He is 20/1 to win by KO or TKO which would seem to be the only way he is going to triumph.

But Taylor's chin has been tested and is resolute.

And Khongsong is stepping up into the kind of class he has never boxed in before.

Taylor to wear down his opponent and win in rounds 7-9 is 14/5 .

Only three from nine have ever made it to the championship rounds with Taylor and they were current or ex world champions. Khongsong is unlikely to join them.

Younel Dorticos vs Mairis Briedis – Sky Sports Main Event

The long awaited World Boxing Super Series cruiserweight final finally takes place in Munich – and this time the bookies are less certain.

Briedis is favourite, 1/2 with thepools.com , while Dorticos is 6/4 – but this really could go either way.

Both are quality operators, both lost in the semi-finals of the original WBSS – Briedis dropping a majority verdict to the peerless Oleksandr Usyk and Dorticos dropped in the 12rh by Murat Gassiev.

But Dorticos has responded better since then, outpointing Mateusz Masternak and winning the IBF title against Andrew Tabiti.

Briedis outpointed Brandon Deslaurier unimpressively and was then fortunate to reach the WBSS final when he stopped Krysztof Glowacki with his elbow!

At 35 Briedis' better days may be behind him, but Dorticos is only a year younger and Briedis on points at 7/5 is the pick.

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