IGNORE what Dereck Chisora has to say about Saturday’s (October 26) World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) super-lightweight final between Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis at London’s O2 Arena. Forget the fact that Taylor and Prograis are not big men or big names, and forget, too, what Chisora said about the Muhammad Ali trophy, the prize for the victor, and the WBSS tournament as a whole. Because, where this fight is concerned, Chisora is right in only one respect: Taylor vs. Prograis is completely at odds with current trends – thankfully.
It features two talented and respectful individuals focused solely on success and has been made on the basis of competition rather than due to some manufactured rivalry. It is a fight, not a personality contest, a throwback to how things used to be. It recalibrates the hype-substance scale and gives hope to those who refuse to sell their soul and join the circus. Best of all, it comes at a time when fights like this are very much needed.
As well as all those things, Taylor vs. Prograis will go some way to deciding the number one super-lightweight in the world, which, in itself, makes it more important and meaningful than most fights in Britain this year. (Only Jose Carlos Ramirez, the WBC and WBO champion at 140 pounds, can dispute the winner’s right to the throne.)