Question: How do you see Josh Taylor vs. Regis Prograis playing out this weekend?
Michael Conlan (Featherweight prospect)
It’s a great fight and I’m leaning towards Josh. It’s a great clash of styles but I think Taylor’s pedigree will see him through. They’re both facing their best opponent and it’s very hard to split them. I’ll go for Taylor on points.
Wayne Alexander (Former European champion)
Taylor vs. Prograis is a very hard fight to predict. You’ve got two unbeaten, hungry fighters in and around their primes who don’t know how to lose facing each other. I think Taylor’s southpaw style could give Prograis problems, but I feel Regis’ extra power and experience will get him a close win on points. I hope I’m wrong as I obviously want the Brit to win.
Kieran Farrell (Trainer, manager and promoter)
I’m a massive fan of Josh Taylor and this is his biggest test to date. If he sticks to his boxing and doesn’t get drawn into a brawl with the shorter fighter, he should come through this one victorious.
Gareth A. Davies (Journalist)
A genuine 50/50 fight. There is little to separate the two in terms of how they have performed as they have stepped up, in their respective styles, and in the unshakeable self-belief they both have in the ring. If I have to crawl off the fence, I will pick Prograis to win a razor-thin decision based on the explosive power he possesses which can change the course of a fight.
Question: Which active boxer do you think would one day make good coach and why?
I think Terence Crawford will make a good coach one day. He has a great understanding of boxing and the fact that he can box in every style will help him understand different fighters and styles.
I would say that active boxers like Carl Frampton and Amir Khan would make good coaches when they retire because they have been successful and reached the very top. They have experienced the highs and lows of the sport and seem to have good knowledge of the sport when being interviewed or doing commentary.
I’d say someone like Frankie Gavin or Anthony Crolla. They have both been there, done it and got the badge. Experience and knowledge are vital ingredients when it comes to being a great trainer and they have plenty of both.
Gareth A. Davies
Anthony Crolla would make a good coach. He’s seen it all, done it all and fought the very best. He’s also gone from the nuts and bolts of the sport and gone up incrementally. I think he’s a very giving person and would make a superb coach. Ricky Burns, the quiet man in the corner, would as well.