THE Muhammad Ali Trophy is on the line as Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis go head-to-head in London.
With these two at the peak of the super-lightweight ranks, Scotland’s IBF champion Taylor is looking to unify the division and take the WBA and WBC crown from the American.
Prograis vs Taylor tale of the tape
THE build-up to this one has seen plenty of verbals and bad blood as the fighters up the ante before their world title scrap.
Taylor barracked Prograis in the pre-fight press conference, calling him a ‘f****** w*****’ for wearing sunglasses indoors.
And the American struggled to weigh-in below the ten stone limit, having to shed his shorts infront of a gleeful Taylor who had no such problem on the scales.
The Scot is the taller of the two men and has the superior reach, with Prograis just 5ft8 to Taylor’s 5ft10.
That should play in the favour of the underdog, who is looking to go 16-0 and add to the IBF crown he won against Ivan Baranchyk in May.
Both fighters have unbeaten records and their knockout percentage is impressive.
The 30-year-old Prograis has sent 20 of his 24 opponents to the canvas, whilst Taylor has dispatched 12 of his 15 victims before the final bell.
This World Boxing Super Series showdown represents a terrific opportunity for the Tartan Tornado to announce himself south of the border, where he’s fought only twice before in his career.
As talented as Prograis is, this will be his first bout away from American soil and there is expected to be a raucous O2 welcome for the American.
These two will do battle on Saturday October 26, with the main event expected around 10pm BST.
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Who else is fighting on the card?
- Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor (super lightweight)
- Dereck Chisora vs David Price (heavyweight)
- Ricky Burns vs Lee Selby (lightweight)
- Yves Ngabu vs Lawrence Okolie (cruiserweight)
- Conor Benn vs Steve Jamoye (welterweight)
- Abass Baraou vs John O’Donnell (super welterweight)
- Denis Radovan vs Luke Blackledge (super middleweight)
- Austin Williams vs Miroslav Juna (middleweight)
- Shannon Courtenay vs Melinda Habran (women’s super bantamweight)