Taylor: I’m feeling the love
Scottish Josh Taylor is feeling the love in London ahead of his headline contest against fellow unbeaten fighter American Regis Prograis ahead of the Ali Trophy final at O2 Arena on Saturday in London.
The pair were put through their paces and displayed their ring skills during a well attended public workout at Old Spitalfields Market in London, and both Taylor and Prograis were given a fantastic reception in England’s capital.
“I can’t wait to get in there now,” said Taylor. “I got a great reception tonight and I can’t wait for Saturday. It feels like a home fight, it really does. It feels like I’m in Scotland. I’m feeling the love. I believe I can do it, 100 per cent. It is the biggest fight of my career to date.
“I’ve been dreaming about this since the tournament came about. It’s all I’ve envisioned and dreamt about since I knew I was coming into this tournament. I’ve envisioned this moment on Saturday a 1,000 times over and I can’t wait to make that dream a reality.”
Regis Prograis came three weeks early for the World Boxing Super Series final in the super-lightweight edition. He doesn’t worry to much about fighting on foreign soil.
“No nerves, I can’t wait. I am excited right now,” said Prograis. “I think he’s a real good fighter, he’s a champion for a reason. I’m expecting the best Josh Taylor.
“For me, I have in my mind that my 24 fights don’t count, his 15 fights don’t count, it’s all about what’s on the line on Saturday night. I’m not even worried about his past performances, I’m not even worried about my past performances, I’m only worried about Saturday night.
“This is a dream fight, I kind of was always praying for this fight to happen and now I have this. Most fighters don’t get this fight in a lifetime.”
On Saturday Prograis enters the ring as WBA ‘Super’ World Champion & WBC Diamond Champion, while Taylor steps into the light as IBF World Champion & WBC Silver titleholder. In addition to the Ali Trophy, the winner of the final will unify world titles and claim the vacant and legendary 140lbs Ring Magazine belt.
The WBSS Super-Lightweight Ali Trophy Final at The O2 in London on October 26 is shown live via Sky Sports Box Office in the UK and DAZN in the U.S.
About the Muhammad Ali Trophy:
Muhammad Ali, The Greatest of All Time, gave his blessings to the WBSS and agreed to give his name to its prize, The Muhammad Ali Trophy. The trophy was created by the late world-renowned artist Silvio Gazzaniga who also designed the iconic FIFA World Cup Trophy.
Ali Trophy winners:
2018: Aleksandr Usyk (Cruiserweight), Callum Smith (Super Middleweight).
Photo credits: Matchroom Boxing