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“There’s a big fight taking place in London this week and there’s not many fights in boxing that can split opinion like this one. Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor will battle it out in a brilliant super-lightweight unification contest with the winner also taking home the Muhammad Ali trophy as the WBSS champion. This is the final that myself, and many others, predicted, and neither fighter has disappointed in the tournament so far. This could be a fight for the ages and I’m finding it difficult to pick the winner.
“In Josh Taylor, what you have is a superb fighter who has already done so much in the sport despite having only 15 fights. He was a quality amateur who fought all around the world representing Scotland and Great Britain, and when the time came to turn professional, he put a good team in place with the McGuigan family and he’s been receiving rewards ever since. His professional start has been perfect so far, and he’s hardly put a foot wrong.
“Apart from the Viktor Postol fight, where Taylor had to neglect his game plan and really dig in, every fight in his career has pretty much gone to plan. There’s been some great wins along the way such as the victories over Dave Ryan, O’Hara Davies, and Ivan Baranchyk, and some of those fights were intended to be close affairs. Taylor has boxed and fought his way to victories in all of them and when a fighter can do both of those things, you know you’re dealing with a top boxer.
“Against Prograis, Taylor is facing a guy who I have a lot of admiration for. There’s been some great stories produced about Prograis recently and you can just tell from reading about him or listening to him that he’s a very hungry fighter who believes in himself. Like Taylor, he’s answered every single question posed to him during his career up to now and he’s quite the star in New Orleans where he was born and raised.
“Picking a winner is probably the hardest boxing question I’ll be asked all year and there’s a good chance I’ll probably change my mind in between now and the first bell. This is likely to be a chess match in the early going as the two southpaws look to take control, but once the fight explodes into life, I just think Taylor has that extra edge. There’s no way I can see any of the fighters running away with it, but at the end of 12 hard rounds, I just think Taylor will have done enough to convince the judges to score for him by the slightest margin.”