Josh Taylor out-battled Regis Prograis to unify the IBF and WBA Super-Lightweight World titles in a brutal and captivating World Boxing Super Series Ali Trophy Final at The O2 in London.
Scotland’s Taylor won a majority decision with scorecards of 114-114, 115-113 and 117-112 to become the only British boxer to currently hold two World Championship belts, also adding the vacant Ring Magazine title to his collection.
It was a thrilling fight that lived up to the hype as the two unbeaten World Champions fiercely contested the right to be named the best 140lbs fighter on the planet. In another fight of the year contender the ‘Tarton Tornado’ earned the Muhammad Ali Trophy with a strong finish.
With his right eye swollen shut, Taylor dedicated his victory to his late father-in-law, who died last month.
“He was here with us tonight and I want to dedicate this to him,” said Taylor. “What a fight. All respect to Regis Prograis, a great fight, great champion, but the best man won.
“The free-flowing boxing, the inside work – I don’t think he quite expected I could switch it up and go to range quite as quickly.”