News | Oct 23 2019

Josh Taylor: Regis Prograis ‘isn’t as brave face to face as he is on social media’

'It never stops, it’s all about becoming unified champion and then undisputed world champion. There’s always a new target.' Josh Taylor is ready for Regis Prograis. John Dennen reports
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JOSH TAYLOR, the IBF super-lightweight champion, has had a long camp to prepare for taking on WBA titlist Regis Prograis in the final of the World Boxing Super Series. There had previously been speculation that Prograis would attempt to pull out of the tournament but the fight is all set for Saturday (October 26) at the O2 Arena in London.

“It seems like it’s pretty similar to the [Ivan] Baranchyk fight. It seems like the same kind of issues, it’s probably more his manager than Prograis but I’m not sure he’s that keen on coming over either. I think he was having a whinge about coming over here. But the tournament needs to make their money back, they’ve got their investment and they need to make some kind of money at the gate and I don’t think in America would very marketable. He doesn’t really sell any tickets,” Taylor told Boxing News. “There was a thousand people, maybe less than 2,000 people at his last fight so it’s got to make a wee bit of business sense as well.”

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Taylor puts Baranchyk down in their world title fight Action Images/Reuters/Lee Smith

“He signed up for it. If the fight was in America, [I wouldn’t mind]. I don’t care where I box, a boxing ring’s a boxing ring,” the Scotsman continued. “I’ve been used to it for years being on the GB and the amateur set up, spending 99% of the year away from home and travelling and going to tournaments, staying in the hotels, eating foreign food, I’m used to it all. It doesn’t faze me.