Prograis vs. Taylor Will Have More at Stake Than WBSS Throne

By Elliot Foster

Josh Taylor and Regis Prograis will meet in the final of the World Boxing Super Series – and the stakes are now even bigger.

The pair progressed to the showpiece of the Muhammad Ali Trophy in recent weeks, with the latter stopping Kiryl Relikh inside six rounds and the former outpointing Ivan Baranchyk to become Scotland’s latest world champion.

Taylor got the better of the American-based Belarusian on Saturday, exclusively live on Sky Sports in the UK and DAZN Stateside, at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow to capture the red and gold IBF crown.


In the final of the WBSS, Prograis’ WBA ‘regular’ world title and WBC Diamond bauble were already set to be at stake.

But it was revealed in the post-fight press conference that the vacant Ring Magazine belt will also be on the line.

“To be a Ring champion, that’s so big,” said Prograis. “You get the Ring, you get the other belts and you get the Ali Trophy. That’s just, like, serious. People retire on the back of that sort of stuff, it’s history and legacy.

“This tournament is about the best fighting the best and that’s why I entered. Outside, you get the top guys not wanting to fight each other, but this tournament forces people to fight each other.

“I’m excited about the fight with Josh because we both had to fight really tough opponents to reach the final.”

Taylor insists Prograis will bring out the best in him.

“I switched off in there against Baranchyk because I got used to his patterns and it became so comfortable,” he said. “It will be a very different fight from the Baranchyk one. We’re both winners with a winning mentality but I just know I’m going to win that Ali Trophy and come out on top.

“I believe I’m the best in the division, the best in this tournament and I’m going to prove it by going on to unify the division.”

User Comments and Feedback (Register For Free To Comment) Comment by Rbjr77 on 05-20-2019

A secondary belt tossed in by the WBC that ensures the winner of the diamond belt a position of #1A/B to the actual champion of the WBC.

Comment by sicko on 05-20-2019

Winner is the best at 140 sorry Hooker and Ramirez but neither of those guys Resumes will be able to stack up to the winner of this Tournament

Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=Aztekkas;19759838]Regis will make it look easy. Josh will take some punishment before Regis decides to get rid of him.[/QUOTE] You're going to be another disappointed fan. There is only 1 winner. That is Taylor. There's a high chance he stops…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=1hourRun;19759705]I'm just glad that Baranchyk left some for 'Rougarou'. Josh Taylor will fail to unify, the IBF and the Ali trophy is coming home to America where it belongs! Thanks for keeping it warm for a couple months Ireland --…

Comment by Sid-Knee on 05-20-2019

[QUOTE=Mexican_Puppet;19759601]People, I have an important new: In this fight I'm in a bet with Sid-Knee I go with Prograis. The bet is a permanent ban.[/QUOTE] No it's not. It's for a 6 month ban. Can you ever stop lying? Forget…

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