Citing late payments and problematic scheduling, Regis Prograis has pulled out of the WBSS before his final with Josh Taylor
Regis Prograis may get the bulk of public sympathy, but you have to feel for IBF ruler Josh Taylor too after news broke that Louisiana’s WBA super-lightweight champion has withdrawn from the World Boxing Super Series and thus their 140lb final. And so it is that one of the best projected fights in the whole sport is off.
Prograis and his promoter Lou DiBella have harboured issues with the organisation of the WBSS for some time and the latest round of grievances has prompted them to take legal action against Comosa AG, who are backing the tournament. While widely praised by boxing fans for encouraging the best to fight the best and unifying titles, the WBSS has encountered several complaints from those involved in it, mainly regarding scheduling of both contests and payments.
Specifically in this case, Prograis’ team claim the payment into escrow of a proportion of his purse for the final was late and that the long-rumoured date for the Taylor fight of October 5 in Manchester was never green-lit by the tournament’s broadcast partner DAZN. It is believed Comosa were delaying confirmation to see if the Gennady Golovkin vs Sergey Derevyanchenko fight would land on the same date. They allegedly later landed upon September 28 for Prograis vs Taylor, affording the fighters a shorter than eight-week training camp. Apparently, for Prograis and crew, this was the final straw.
Whatever the legal rights and wrongs - to be confirmed - no one really wins here. Both fighters have wasted lucrative periods in their respective careers, Comosa face an aborted final and a lawsuit and fans have lost a superb 50-50 fight between unbeaten talents.
Comosa responded with the below statement.