AT about the same time that Josh Taylor’s eyelid bulged to the extent it split wide open, blood dribbled from Regis Prograis’ broken nose, over his swollen lips, and into his mouth. Just at that moment, the two fighters – looking like they’d awoken amid plastic surgery – summoned simultaneous left hands that slammed into their respective injuries. Neither took a step back, defiantly ignoring the kind of torture that would make normal human beings run for cover.
It was a brutal fight and at the end of it all, when the final bell at last stopped them in their tracks, the two warriors embraced. As advertisements for the sport of boxing go, it’s hard to think of a better one than this.
Boxing News could not separate the two super-lightweights after 12 pulsating rounds and scored the bout 114-114. Six sessions each and a dead heat, where both men left the ring with their championships intact, might have been the fairest result in this unification bout. As it turned out, it was Taylor who punched the air and then fell to his knees in glory as judges Matteo Montella (117-112) and Alfredo Polanco (115-113) overruled the tally of Benoit Russell, which was identical to BN’s.