Josh Taylor Feels He Has the Edge!
When IBF world super lightweight champion Josh “The Tartan Tornado” Taylor (15-0, 12 KO’s) gets in the ring with WBA world super lightweight champion Regis “Rougarou” Prograis (24-0, 20 KO’s), he will do so as the slight betting underdog. Certainly, this stands as an oddity for Taylor. Not only is he the taller and longer fighter, they are fighting in his UK backyard.
Going a step further, in Taylor’s estimation, professionally he has fought a higher caliber of boxers. All things measured, the Tartan Tornado is sold on his belief that he’ll walk away the victor.
This Saturday, October 26, Taylor and Prograis will test their mettle with one another under the hot lights of the O2 Arena located in Greenwich, London. When the two fistic-minded athletes do mash together, they’ll fight to claim one another’s belts. If not motivation enough, the Ring Magazine belt and the Muhammad Ali trophy are also up for grabs. This meaty and meaningful prizefight will air live on DAZN.
Thankfully, for the Tartan Tornado, he is not running low on self-belief! In the one breath, he acknowledges that Prograis is a worthy adversary. Yet, in the next breath, Taylor has boldly predicted that he would knock Prograis smooth out when they finally slide through the ropes.
“It’s all smoke and wind! I’m going in there to do a job on Saturday. I do believe that I can lay him out cold on Saturday and I just want to get in there and get it done. […] I 100% believe that I can knock him out, yeah!”
LESS IS MORE
After reviewing their individual professional resumes, Taylor is of the mind that he has tangled with the more dangerous opponents. He is not saying that Prograis has not fought anyone, he is simply stating that who he fought was better. And it’s this difference in class of foes that he feels will lead him to victory.
“Yeah, I fought less experience in terms of number of fights, but I feel like I got more experience. I’ve fought the better opposition. I fought the great amateur pedigree. I’ve been all over the world. I’ve seen every kind of style has been thrown at me.
“So, I believe I’ve got the better experience, more experience and yeah, I just feel ready.”
Somewhat ironically, maybe not, even though they are slated to dance in the UK, Taylor feels that this is his coming out party. Fact holds that the Rougarou does not have the biggest name in the states. Still, the Tartan Tornado understands that it does hold some weight and recognition value. If he defeats Prograis in impressive fashion, Taylor realizes this will greatly enhance his name value in the American market. And that is something that he is determined to do.
“I believe this is a coming out party. Everybody is going to know who I am and they will in America, after this fight. After I’ve taken care of him on Saturday, got these belts and yeah. On to bigger and better things, and I can’t wait!”
3kingsboxing will continue to provide coverage on this explosive prizefight.
By: Bakari Simpson