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Fight Preview: Regis Prograis vs. Josh Taylor

Boxing on DAZN (TV: DAZN)

Saturday, October 26th 2:00 PM ET O2 Arena (London, England)

WBA/IBF Unification Super Lightweight Title Fight: Regis Prograis (24-0) vs. Josh Taylor (15-0)

Fight odds: Regis Prograis -170 Josh Taylor +140

Fanduel Boxing Pick Regis Prograis vs. Josh Taylor

Regis Prograis will face Josh Taylor in the World Boxing Super Series Super Lightweight Final to determine who the better boxer is at 140 lbs. This is a matchup between two undefeated fighters that have been on a collision course to face each other since the tournament began. Prograis is an American boxer who comes from New Orleans and is the current WBA Super Lightweight champion. Following Hurricane Katrina, Prograis relocated to Houston which helped him take boxing more seriously and trained in the same gym as Evander Holyfield. Prograis is a fighter with great punching power, with 20 of his 24 wins coming by knockout. When Prograis has his opponent hurt he does a great job of closing the distance and landing the punches to end the fight.

Josh Taylor is a Scottish boxer who uses a lot of ring movement to win fights and is the current IBF Super Lightweight champion. With 12 of his 15 wins coming by knockout he has the power and activity level to end most fights. Taylor moves in unorthodox ways and is hard to gain a rhythm against. Prograis has been walking right through opponents and doing a lot of damage on the inside. They both fight from the southpaw stance which will likely mitigate some of their strengths against each other. This is an intriguing matchup as both fighters have the potential to do great things in their careers.

Prograis is 30, 5’8 and 140 lbs with a 67 inch reach. Taylor is 28, 5’10 and 139.5 lbs with a 69.5 inch reach. The winner could fully unify the division if they fight Jose Ramirez, who is the current WBC and WBO Super Lightweight champion. Taylor showed he is a world class fighter after beating Viktor Postol by unanimous decision in June of 2018. Postol is a skilled boxer who’s only other loss came against Terence Crawford. Postol seemed to have some physical advantages going into the fight being the taller and more rangy fighter. Taylor won because he was the quicker and more active fighter that was effectively able to get on the inside and land punches to the head and body. Prograis is a bigger puncher than Postol and can’t be as easily bullied. Taylor will need to use his ring movement and level changes to remain competitive and keep Prograis at a more manageable distance.

Fanduel Boxing Pick Regis Prograis vs. Josh Taylor

Taylor likes to work behind his jab to set up his power punches. Taylor is coming off a unanimous decision win over Ivan Baranchyk in May of 2019. Taylor looked impressive fighting effectively on the inside and outside against an opponent who couldn’t gain an advantage because of slick counterpunching. Prograis is coming off a 6th Round TKO win over Kiryl Relikh in April of 2019. Prograis uses a lot of feints and head movement to keep his opponents off balance and is a powerful body puncher. Prograis won his last fight because of his work to the head and body and the accumulation of punches took its toll as the referee saved Relikh from taking more unnecessary punishment.

The World Boxing Super Series is great for boxing and produces quality and competitive matchups. Last year’s champions in Callum Smith at Super Middleweight (168 lbs) and Oleksandr Usyk at Cruiserweight (200 lbs) have definitely been helped in terms of notoriety following their participation in the tournament. Prograis vs. Taylor is an evenly matched Final and will likely come down to the judge’s scorecards. Prograis has good defensive instincts and makes himself a smaller target by keeping his hands high and never standing directly in front of his opponent. Taylor also has great boxing skills, but doesn’t have the punching power of Prograis and appears easier to hit. This should be a competitive fight that will further unify the Super Lightweight division. Expect some great back and forth action, with Prograis getting the decision.      

Regis Prograis by Split Decision
 

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