Prograis and Taylor met media for final time Thursday
The final media session for Saturday nights finale of the world boxing Super Series Junior welterweight Championship took place on Thursday afternoon. And not unexpectedly, American Regis Prograis “turned up the volume” on his rhetoric and what he plans to do against Scottish World Champ Josh Taylor.
The two fighters took part in the Matchroom Boxing/Sky Sports final press conference for Saturday night’s World Boxing Super Series finale’ to be on pay-per-view showdown from London’s O2 Arena:
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With the understanding that the purpose of these press conferences and buildup is to create hype and draw interest for people buying the Pay-Per-View, it’s still interesting to hear the fighters pre-fight comments.
Taylor seemed to get Prograis riled up, when he questioned Prograis’ record and level of competition,
“Twenty-two of his fights have been against absolute nobodies, people who haven’t fought since, journeyman. It is a padded record…. I’m quite a bit better than him in every department. Speed, power, timing, skill. I do it all better than him. He hasn’t been tested, he hasn’t been hit by anyone.”
But Prorgrais was ready to answer Taylor’s insult about his career resume’ and made it very clear to Sky Sports just after the main press conference what he intends to do Saturday night,
“He should be able to land a solid, flush punch on me and when that happens, nothing will happen. When that happens, things will change, he will realise that I am an iron-man with an iron jaw. Once he lands his hardest shot and I look at him with a face of disdain, he will think: ‘damn, I’m in trouble’.”
The two fighters are headlining the main event of the Matchroom Boxing show that is culminating an 8 fighter, 7 fight WBSS tournament for Junior Welterweight supremacy.
It should also be pointed out that for both fighters, it’s arguably the toughest opponent they’ve ever been in with. That is certainly the case for Taylor, whose only fought professionally 15 times.
However, Taylor should have a partisan crowd behind him in the U.K. and we will soon find out what happens, when who hits who.