Prograis: Anything You Can Do, I Can Do Better
Heading into this weekend’s World Boxing Super Series super lightweight finals, WBA champion Regis Prograis feels he has the edge against IBF champion Josh Taylor.
“I do everything better than him in the ring. It’s not just one thing,” Prograis told BoxingScene.com. “I never have a set game plan going into a fight. I always fight off how I feel in the first round. All I have to do is know that I’m prepared and in shape and my sparring was great. Once fight night comes, I can do anything in the ring, and that’s usually what I do.”
Looking at his fellow southpaw ahead of October 26th’s showdown at the O2 Arena, Prograis gave some insight into Taylor.
“He’s long. He knows how to use his reach, for sure. He definitely has some power,” explained Prograis. “He has a real good right hand and right jab. A left hand, too. He sits on his shots. He moves his body real good, too. He does a lot of good things right.”
“It’s truly the best versus best — Prograis-Taylor is the caviar of boxing,” said Kalle Sauerland, chief boxing officer of the WBSS. “They are both punchers and huge personalities but there are differences. Josh is a fighter who likes to stand up and fight and go for someone whereas Prograis so far in the tournament has picked his shots from the outside jumping in and out and he’s very slick at doing that.
“It’s a 50-50 fight between the number one and two in the division. It’s one of those fights that’s got ‘Fight of the Year’ written all over it. It’s gonna be fireworks that’s for sure. But who and how he’s gonna win is impossible to say, it is that close.”
“I don’t want to say he’s one dimensional, but I have so many more gears. Every one of his 15 fights, he’s looked exactly the same,” the American said of his Taylor. “He doesn’t change anything. He’s been hurt. He’s been dropped and put down before. He was dropped against Baranchyk, but they didn’t call it. But he was hurt. He was hurt against [Viktor] Postal, too.”
“He’s a world champion and considered one of the best in the world. I won’t take that away from him. He’s just not on my level.”
Report: Boxing Scene