Highlight 2 | Issue | Premium | Reports | May 22 2019

Josh Taylor and Naoya Inoue are masterful

Josh Taylor wins world title, while Inoue lives up to ‘Monster’ nickname, writes Oliver Fennell from ringside
Josh Taylor
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Glasgow • May 18

ON a night which saw a Belarusian “Beast” tamed, a Japanese “Monster” wreak havoc, and a visit from a Louisianan “Rougarou”, the most frightening mental imagery actually featured MC Craig Stephen.

The “Rougarou” – WBA super-lightweight champion Regis Prograis, who names himself after the swamp-dwelling creature of Deep South folklore – turned up at the post-fight press conference to hype his impending clash with newly crowned IBF counterpart Josh Taylor wearing a kilt. He sported jeans beneath, and a Scottish journalist pointed out that tradition dictates one should be naked under a kilt.

“I do know that,” said Prograis. “But I borrowed this from your ring announcer. He’s been wearing it all night and it’s kinda sweaty.”
This triggered grimaces, but it was all in good humour, as was the mood between Prograis and Taylor, who was understandably in high spirits after completing a strategic masterpiece against Ivan Baranchyk, “The Beast” from Minsk.


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