It’s one of the best fights of the year, so we asked a variety of boxing people for their verdict on the Regis Prograis vs Josh Taylor WBSS super-lightweight final
Former IBF welterweight champion
It’s a great match-up. I think Josh Taylor is the best talent, definitely in British boxing; I rate him very, very highly. I see Taylor winning this fight. Prograis is also a very good fighter but I lean towards Taylor in a tough fight on points, by about two or three rounds.
Taylor is long, spiteful and clever in all areas. Ultimately, Josh Taylor wins because he’s a fucking spiteful jock!
Former world title challenger
Two of the best fighters in the competition meet in the final. For me, Taylor wins. I think he’s an all-round better fighter. Taylor has it all.
World champion coach
Josh Taylor to win in a very tough, close contest. I believe his boxing IQ will see him through.
Billy Joe Saunders
Two-weight world champion
I think it’s going to be a good fight. Both can punch, both can box. I’m going to go with the bigger man in Taylor, an awkward southpaw, tall, rangy. I think he’ll get behind his jab and take it on points. It’s going to be a good fight for six rounds, close, but I think Taylor’s going to take over in the second half of the fight.
Presenter and expert pundit
It’s a great fight and, for my money, Taylor should be favourite. Prograis hits hard and from angles but Taylor can do everything and his defence is sound. JT by decision, for Scotland!
Former WBA super-bantamweight champion
I think this is a great fight. It’s a real 50/50 but it being in the UK gives Taylor the slight advantage. I think it will be a real close fight but if I had to pick I think Taylor edges him on points in a great fight.
Gareth A Davies
Esteemed journalist and broadcaster
Prograis by split points decision in one of the fights of the year. It is a genuinely tough pick and in no way am I ruling Taylor out if he can impose himself.
If he fights Prograis anything like he did Ivan Baranchyk, Regis will get him out of there inside eight rounds. But I am going with Taylor on points.
It’s going to be a great fight. I watched Prograis live against Terry Flanagan in New orleans and he was very impressive: strong, aggressive and very clever inside. He picks his shots well. Taylor is in for a long night if he gets into a brawl but if he boxes, like we all know he can, and doesn’t get drawn into a scrap, I fancy him to come out on top via a close decision. Keep it long and off the jab!
Betting best odds (at time of writing)
Prograis KO/TKO/DQ: 10/3
Prograis Pts: 7/4
Taylor KO/TKO: 34/5
Taylor Pts: 12/5