Prepare for an all-action night of boxing from the O2 Arena, because the battle to see who is number one is ready to begin
Regis Prograis v Josh Taylor, Saturday 26 October, from 7pm, Sky Sports Box Office. £20.95 for HD, £19.95 for SD. Booking opens Monday 21 October
London’s O2 Arena won’t know what’s hit it on Saturday 26 October, as two of boxing’s brightest stars square off for an unmissable unification world title fight, live on Sky Sports Box Office.
Scotsman Josh Taylor, the IBF light-welterweight champion, could become a legend when he goes head to head with America’s WBA and WBC interim champion Regis Prograis, but it’s not just the belts that will be on the line when these ferocious fighters step into the ring. This explosive clash is also the super-lightweight final of the World Boxing Super Series tournament, which means the coveted Ali Trophy also awaits the winner.
“I'm massively excited,” says Taylor. “I want to prove I’m the best in the division by taking on the best fighters. 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."
Confident words, but can Taylor deliver on the biggest stage of his life? Ahead of the action on Sky Sports Box Office, get up to speed on this massive night of boxing coming your way…
What’s the lowdown on Josh Taylor?
The IBF light-welterweight champion, who is a former junior taekwondo champion, heads to the O2 undefeated, winning all 15 of his professional fights. What’s more, 12 of them have come via knockout. And with a nickname like The Tartan Tornado you can expect lightning-quick punching from 28-year-old southpaw.
How about this Prograis fella?
Fellow southpaw Prograis is to be feared. With 24 wins from 24 matches (including 20 knockouts), the 30-year-old is rightly considered one of the finest light-welterweights around. Prograis is a cool customer in the ring, blending ferocious flurries with a composure that opponents have so far found impossible to crack. Taylor will need to be at the top of his game if he wants to topple the American.
They don’t like each other, do they?
Nope. Plenty of verbal venom has been exchanged between Taylor and Prograis in the build-up, both in the flesh and online. When they first came face to face in front of the media, Taylor told his opponent that he would rip his head off. Ominous words, but we’re not sure that’s allowed within the rules of boxing.
How’s the undercard looking?
Tasty! Hard-hitting Brit Lawrence Okolie will be taking on Yves Ngabu for the European Cruiserweight Championship, while Scotland’s Ricky Burns will be going head to head with Welshman Lee Selby in what has the makings of an explosive lightweight bout. Plus, Brit brawlers Conor Benn and Dereck Chisora will also be in action…
Dereck Chisora, you say?
Yep, one of boxing’s most unpredictable and combustible characters will be in the house at the O2, taking on fellow Brit David Price. Chisora was originally scheduled to face Joseph Parker, but after Parker withdrew from their clash, Price stepped in to fill the void. Batten down the hatches, because Del Boy is in town…
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Repeats 9am and 3pm, Sunday 27 October.