Prograis vs. Taylor Clash For The
Ali Trophy In London On Oct. 26
The World Boxing Super Series Super-Lightweight Ali Trophy
Final between USA’s Regis Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) and
Scotland’s Josh Taylor (15-0, 13 KOs) lands at The O2 in
London on October 26, as Derek Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) and
Joseph Parker (26-2, 20 KOs) meet in a crunch Heavyweight
showdown, show live on Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and
DAZN in the U.S.
Prograis and Taylor entered the World Boxing Super Series
and the quest for the Ali Trophy as the two highest-seeded
boxers in a loaded super-lightweight bracket.
No.1 seed Prograis earned his spot in the final by outdoing
Terry Flanagan on points last October, and then went on to
stop Kiryl Relikh in round 6 and take the WBA World title in
the semi in late April. Meanwhile, second seed Taylor
stopped Ryan Martin in round 7 last November and then
proceeded to decision Ivan Baranchyk to claim the IBF World
title in May.
WBA World Champion & WBC Diamond Champion Regis ‘Rougarou’
Prograis will be traveling to the UK after having fought the
quarter- and semi-final in his home state of Louisiana. “I’m
very excited to get everything settled for this fight,” said
“This is the fight I wanted the most and it’s the fight to
prove who is the best in the division. My goal has always
been the same and that’s to prove I’m the best 140lbs
fighter in the world and to become undisputed.
“It has always been a dream for me to fight in London. The
boxing fans in the UK are some of the best in the world and
I can’t wait to go and put on a show. I know once they see
me fight they’ll be fans for life.
“Taylor is, in my opinion, is the 2nd 140lbs in the world
after myself. He had two great performances leading into the
finals and I’m looking forward to fighting the best Josh
Taylor on October 26th.”
IBF World Champion & WBC Silver Champion Josh ‘The Tartan
Tornado’ Taylor boxed both of his preliminary bouts in
Glasgow and is now moving to neutral ground at the famous O2
in England’s capital.
“I’m massively excited,” said Taylor. “I want to prove that
I’m the best in the division by taking on the best fighters.
Now it’s finally over the line I can concentrate on getting
to work in the gym and going full steam ahead again.
“I’m very confident that I can outbox him and outfight him
as well, I can’t see anything other than a Josh Taylor win
on October 26. It will be a huge buzz to fight for the
Muhammad Ali trophy in front of a huge crowd at The O2. I
believe that I am the best fighter in the division and now
it’s time to prove it.”
Comosa, the organiser of the World Boxing Super Series, is
looking forward to taking the Ali Trophy to London.
“This is a true super-fight and another huge Ali Trophy
moment,” said Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing
Officer. “Two unbeaten, in-prime World Champions meet to
settle who is best in the division, two boxers who have
performed at the very highest level in this tournament.
“In this terrific match-up of two undefeated gladiators, it
is very difficult to predict who will be raising the Ali
Trophy in the end. One thing is sure, it is going to be an
enthralling showdown not to be missed!”
In the co-feature, Derek Chisora (31-9, 22 KOs) will be
targeting another explosive victory in his showdown with New
Zealand's Parker (26-2, 20 KOS), a former WBO Heavyweight
World Champion, as two exciting contenders collide in the
Capital. ‘WAR’ Chisora is back at the scene of last month's
dramatic knockout triumph over Poland’s Artur Szpilka while
Parker returns to Britain after back-to-back stoppages of
Alexander Flores and Alex Leapai.