On Saturday afternoon, October 26th, boxing fans in London and around the world witnessed the finals of the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS) junior welterweight division. Two undefeated fighters, Regis Prograis (24-1, 20KOs) and Josh Taylor (16-0, 12KOs) faced off for unification the WBA & IBF junior welterweight titles.
Most considered this a 50-50 fight and true to form, the fight turned out to be just that. Both fighters spent the early part of the fight feeling each other out. Josh Taylor worked a lot on the inside while Regis Progra￼is was consistently attacking Taylor’s body. Both guys were very accurate with their power shots in the early rounds; Taylor was very accurate with landing his hook to Prograis’ chin while Prograis was sharp with his hook to Taylor’s body.
After a few swing rounds that could’ve gone either way it seemed as if the fight was leaning towards Prograis by the start of round 6. Josh Taylor got on his proverbial bike at times, which seemed to indicate that the body work of Prograis was taking its toll on to him. Prograis was also able to mix in other shots as well that proved to be effective.
However, Josh Taylor was able to flip the script and take control of the fight after the sixth round. He was able to establish a rhythm and start to dominate each exchange on the inside, which kept Progr￼ais on his back foot trying to accurately land hooks and sneaky uppercuts.
With the momentum going back and forth throughout the fight and both guys getting their fair share of bumps and bruises, each fighter put on a tremendous performance in the championship rounds which favored Regis Prograis as he seemed to do more damage. Although he landed the cleaner shots each fighter came out in rounds eleven and twelve, landing numerous shots on each the other. One would’ve thought that either fighter would have gone to the canvas, but neither of them wanted to lose the fight in that fashion.
Ultimately, Josh Taylor was declared the winner by majority decision (114-114, 115-113, 117-112) and is now the IBF and WBA Junior Welterweight Champion. Moreover, he now holds the Muhammad Ali trophy after such a big win and great performance.