DOUBLE world champion Josh Taylor fears he might not fight this year due to coronavirus restrictions.

The boxing star had been due to defend his WBA and IBF Super Lightweight titles when he welcomed Thailand’s Apinun Khongsong to Glasgow.

That fight, scheduled for May 2, has been cancelled and there is no date for any rescheduled bout.

Speaking to IFL TV, a “pretty bored” Taylor, from Prestonpans, said: “Obviously, there is not really much you can do about it; everybody is in the same boat.

“Obviously, I was a wee bit annoyed at my fight getting called off and I’m sure every fighter would be the same.

“At the training camp, I was just starting to get going with Ben [Davison, his new coach] really well and had gelled together.

“I flew into Las Vegas and we were in two minds for the first four days because we did not know what was going to happen – if the fight was going to happen or if we were going to be able to get home.”

Back home in East Lothian, the world champion has been unable to train properly with his team.

Instead, he has had to make do with what is on hand at home, with weights and sandbags, and going out running every day.

However, he said he was getting “itchy hands” with the lack of a punchbag to work on and to keep his in-ring skills at their best.

Taylor lifted his first world title, the IBF Super Lightweight belt, when he secured a points decision against Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-finals of the World Boxing Super Series at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow in May last year.

Then, last October, he won on points against Regis Prograis in London to win the tournament and the WBA Super Lightweight belt.

A return to Glasgow was pencilled in to mark his first title defence against the undefeated Khongsong, with a view to then facing the winner of the fight between Jose Ramirez, who holds the other two world title belts in the division, and Viktor Postol, who Taylor beat in 2018.

Victory for Taylor in both bouts would see him unify the division, with a view to potentially moving up to a star-studded 147lbs division.

The 29-year-old said: “I always believed I would become world champion but being within touching distance of becoming undisputed world champion, becoming a two-weight world champion and unified world champion; I never thought that would be possible.

“I always thought ‘become world champion’ and that was it and you would defend the title. Being unified and now there is the possibility of becoming undisputed world champion, I think I would become the first Scottish fighter to do that since Ken Buchanan.”