We are now just days away from what promises to be one of the more entertaining and dramatic smaller weight fights of the year. This as, the top two fighters in the junior welterweight division get set to square off at London’s O2 Arena Saturday night. And, for Scotsman Josh Taylor, he believes that he can take out American Regis Prograis.
Both fighters were part of the open to the public work out in a public square right outside of downtown London Wednesday evening. And, Taylor made it clear he has no hesitation with coming after Prograis:
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“Listen, I know for a fact that I’ve got t he ability to out-box him,” Taylor said. “And, I’ve got the ability to out-fight him, as well. I really do believe I’ve got it in me to stop him on Saturday. I really do think I can get him outta there.”
Taylor is 15-0 and won his May semifinal in the World Boxing Super Series by decision over Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow, Scotland for the IBF belt. He’s currently regarded as the #2 ranked fighter overall in the Jr. Welterweight division.
Meanwhile, Prograis defeated Kiriyi Relikh by 6th round TKO in Lafayette, LA, in April in his WBSS semifinal to become the WBA title holder. That win improved the New Orleans native to 24-0 wtih 20 KOs. He’s ranked #1 overall at 140 lbs. and is the slight betting favorite to win.
For his part Wednesday evening, Prograis made it clear that he’s ready for Saturday night to arrive saying after his brief workout, “I’m sick of talking about Josh Taylor. I’m sick of seeing him….Now? I just can’t wait for Saturday night.”
Both fighters have been guaranteed around $700,000 for the fight Saturday night. There will be an approximate $1.3 million bonus going to the winner, who will also claim the WBSS “Muhammad Ali Cup,” as the victor in the eight fighter tournament that has taken place over the past two years.