Advertisement: IBO Boxing

Prograis Glad He's In London Early, Acclimated For Taylor Fight

The last opponent that traveled to the UK to face Josh Taylor arrived five days in advance of their fight.

That wasn’t nearly enough time for Ivan Baranchyk to acclimate to the time change and other factors after training for their 140-pound title fight in the Los Angeles area. Regis Prograis made sure to avoid making the same mistake.

Prograis arrived in London on Sunday, nearly three full weeks before he’ll battle Taylor in the final of the World Boxing Super Series’ 140-pound tournament.

“The jet lag got to me real bad at first,” Prograis told on Wednesday night. “I’m adjusting a little bit now. It’s getting a little better.”

regis-prograis (4)_4

The change in his sleeping pattern was among the things Prograis accepted he’d have to endure once he arrived for their title unification fight October 26 at O2 Arena in London. The New Orleans native split time training for this fight in Houston and Santa Monica, California, before flying to London to complete camp for the biggest fight of his career.

His management team – which includes actor Mark Wahlberg and actor/director/producer Peter Berg – and promoter Lou DiBella paid for Prograis to stay in London an additional two weeks before his contract called for him to arrive there for fight week.

“It’s super-important,” Prograis said. “That was the main thing, to get out here early and get acclimated. The first couple days I was sleeping only three hours, four hours, and I was just exhausted.

“The time difference is the biggest thing, but it’s the weather and the food is a big factor, the people, all that stuff. I really did have to get adjusted to all that stuff. So, that’s why I’m glad I got out here early and got acclimated to everything.”

Like Prograis, the Russian-born Baranchyk wasn’t certain he’d even remain in the tournament due to financial difficulties eventually overcome by organizers of the World Boxing Super Series. He thus spent about four full weeks training to face Taylor and arrived in Scotland later than he would’ve preferred.

Taylor’s talent clearly was the foremost factor in the Scottish southpaw beating Baranchyk (20-1, 13 KOs), who withstood two sixth-round knockdowns on his way to losing a 12-round unanimous decision May 18 at SSE Hydro in Glasgow. Nonetheless, Prograis made note of Baranchyk’s late arrival and its impact on his preparation.

“I think that’s what happened to Ivan Baranchyk,” Prograis said. “When he fought Josh Taylor, I think he only came out here a [few] days before. You always have to come out earlier than that, just to get adapted to the time difference. It’s a big factor.”

Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs), the WBA champ, is a slight favorite over Taylor (15-0, 12 KOs), who owns the IBF belt, in a fight DAZN will stream live in the United States. Prograis-Taylor also will headline a Sky Sports Box Office pay-per-view event in the United Kingdom (£19.95).

Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing. 

User Comments and Feedback
Comment by TheUptownKid on 10-11-2019

[QUOTE=byfbnz;20114253]taylor has a real size advantage over regis too.[/QUOTE] Prograis head movement is so effective because he’s accustomed to being the smaller fighter, he was shorter than relikh too. I do think Taylor has an exciting style, but he’ll still…

Comment by tokon on 10-10-2019

Taylor looked a lot bigger when they were face to face, he obviously cuts a lot of weight to make 140.

Comment by byfbnz on 10-10-2019

taylor has a real size advantage over regis too.

Comment by Boxing lives on 10-10-2019

Baranchyk would have beaten Taylor if he wasn’t jet lagged. Prograis will easily dominate this hype job.

Comment by Marvlus Marv on 10-10-2019

Good move by RP. Just hope he doesn't say he came over too late after he gets whooped. #ItsTaylorTime

Top Headlines
Robeisy Ramirez Shuts Out Felix Caraballo Over Eight Nurtas Azhbenov To Stay Busy With Harutyunyan in Almaty Hearn: Whyte Taking Povetkin Rematch So Quickly is Extremely Dangerous Devin Haney vs. Yuriorkis Gamboa Deal in Place, Says Manager Francisco Fonseca Gets Second Round KO, Wants Title Fight Next Jose Pedraza Dominant in Decision Win Over Javier Molina Erickson Lubin Overcomes Scare, Boxes Past Terrell Gausha Efe Ajagba Makes Top Rank Debut, Decisions Jonnie Rice Erickson Lubin vs. Terrell Gausha - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Nyambayar Drops Breedy Twice, Wins Split Decision in Tough Fight Robeisy Ramirez Decisions Felix Caraballo Over Eight Tug Nyambayar vs. Cobia Breedy - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Jaron Ennis Drops Juan Carlos Abreu Three Times, Stops Him in Six Jaron Ennis vs. Juan Carlos Abreu - LIVE BoxingScene Scorecard Gausha: I Lean More Towards Charlo Over Rosario, May The Best Man Win Pedraza vs. Molina - LIVE Results From The Bubble: Lua, Montano Win Cobia Breedy: This Is Bigger Than Me, Doing This For My People Back Home In Barbados Jaron Ennis: Becoming First To Stop Abreu Would Be A Big Statement Conwell vs. Toussaint Tops ShoBox Quadrupleheader, October 7 Memo Heredia Has High Hopes For Robeisy Ramirez Bob Arum: We Think Ajagba Can Be Among Top Heavyweights In The World Abreu: I Just Got Out Of Jail, How Can Ennis Put Any Fear Into Me? Ennis: Extra Weight Won’t Matter For Abreu; I'll Go In There & Get The Stoppage Pedraza: As I Keep Moving Forward, Fights Will Keep Getting Tougher And Tougher Alex Saucedo vs. Arnold Barboza Jr. To Co-Headline Lomachenko-Lopez On 10/17 Erickson Lubin: You Could See How Much I've Changed Since The Charlo Fight Jaron Ennis: I Might Have To Get Into A Mandatory Position To Get A Title Shot Ajagba: Time Away From Ring Was Frustrating, Hurts To Not Be Able To Do Something You Love Nyambayar: I Had A Sprained Ankle Against Gary Russell; I'd Love A Rematch Lubin: I'm Fresher, Hungrier Than Lara & Trout; Looking To Make Statement Against Gausha Pedraza: I Think Lomachenko Will Dominate Lopez, But He Can't Get Reckless Daily Bread Mailbag: Charlo Brothers, Ennis, Canelo, Spinks, More's Television Pick of The Week - September 19 McKenna: Beating Ohara Davies Will Be Highlight of My Career Joe Joyce: We'll See if Dubois Can Take My Heavy, Powerful Shots! Frank Warren: Whyte Received Shorter Medical Suspension Than Spelman? Francis Chua Aims To Fight, Looks To Kambosos, NG, MacKenzie Boxing Facing Financial Adjustments Johnny Nelson Confident Whyte Would Have Benefited With Tibbs in Corner Vijender Singh Hopes To Resume Career Before Year is Over
Latest Forum Threads