SEPTEMBER 4TH UPDATE: DEREK CHISORA'S HEAVYWEIGHT CLASH WITH JOSEPH PARKER AND JOSH TAYLOR'S UNIFICATION WORLD TITLE FIGHT WITH REGIS PROGRAIS HAS BEEN CONFIRMED FOR 26 OCTOBER @ THE O2 ARENA LONDON – BUY YOUR TICKETS ON PRESALE NOW TO GUARANTEE YOURSELF A PLACE!!
Scotland's Taylor puts his IBF belt on the line against fellow unbeaten champion Prograis, the WBA title holder, in the eagerly awaited climax of the super-lightweight competition.
'The Tartan Tornado' sealed a seventh-round stoppage win over Ryan Martin in the quarter-finals before completing a wide points victory over Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-finals to claim the IBF belt.
"I'm massively excited," said Taylor. "I want to prove that I'm the best in the division by taking on the best fighters. Now it's finally over the line I can concentrate on getting to work in the gym and going full steam ahead again.
"I'm very confident that I can outbox him and outfight him as well. I can't see anything other than a Josh Taylor win on October 26. It will be a huge buzz to fight for the Muhammad Ali trophy in front of a huge crowd at The O2. I believe that I am the best fighter in the division and now it's time to prove it."
Prograis floored Terry Flanagan on the way to a dominant points win in the quarter-finals, then ruthlessly halted Kiryl Relikh in the semis."I'm very excited to get everything settled for this fight," said Prograis. "This is the fight I wanted the most and it's the fight to prove who is the best in the division. My goal has always been the same and that's to prove I'm the best 140lbs fighter in the world and to become undisputed. "It has always been a dream for me to fight in London. The boxing fans in the UK are some of the best in the world and I can't wait to go and put on a show." In the co-feature, Chisora will be targeting another explosive victory in his showdown with New Zealand's Parker, a former WBO champion, as two exciting contenders collide in the capital.
Chisora is back at the scene of last month's dramatic knockout triumph over Artur Szpilka.
"I've now given him all the time he needed," said Chisora. "I'm a real fighter, I'm always ready to go to war."Szpilka felt what Derek 'War' Chisora is all about." Parker returns to Britain after back-to-back stoppages of Alexander Flores and Alex Leapai. "Chisora will come with experience and he will come with pressure," said Parker. "He's coming off two good wins, so he'll be full on confidence and out to make a statement. As always, I back myself against any fighter on this planet and I'm expecting an exciting war on October 26.
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