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Can Taylor win WBSS Final? Get our best boxing bets for October 26

Leigh Copson 18 Oct 2019
Josh Taylor (credit:Jeff Holmes/PA Archive/PA Images)

Regis Prograis v Josh Taylor boxing predictions and more for Saturday, October 26? Who will come out on top when Regis Progais and Josh Taylor meet in the final of the World Boxing Super Series super-lightweight final, and who will be victorious in the domestic scraps between Ricky Burns and Lee Selby, and Dereck Chisora and David Price? Read on for all of our free boxing predictions and betting tips for October 26.

Somebody’s ‘0’ has got to go when WBA champion Regis Prograis takes on IBF champion Josh Taylor in the super-lightweight final of the World Boxing Super Series. Prograis booked his place in the final by following up a unanimous decision win over Terry Flanagan in October 2018 with a six-round knockout of Kiryl Relikh in April of this year, while Taylor advanced to the final  by stopping Ryan Martin inside seven rounds last November and then beating Ivan Baranchyk on points in May. But only one man can walk away from the o2 Arena in London with the Ali Trophy as well as the IBF, WBA and WBA (Super) titles, so who will it be?

The bookmakers have installed Prograis as the 8/13 odds-on favourite for this one and that is no major surprise considering he has racked up 24 career victories and is currently ranked number one in the division by Ring Magazine, but Taylor is not being written off by any means at 11/8. The 28-year-old Scot booked his place in the final by besting fourth-ranked Baranchyk earlier this year and he also boasts a win over fifth-ranked Viktor Postol in 2018, so this is not a case of a British fighter stepping up a level after years of having ‘easy’ fights. Out of the two men, he has probably had the tougher road so far in his career.

This promises to be a cracking contest between two very talented fighters who both boast knockout percentages in the 80s, and it really is a contest that could go either way. I have to pick a winner though, and I do like the chances of Taylor springing an ‘upset’ as far as the odds are concerned. While the ‘Tartan Tornado’ has not had as many fights as his opponents, it could certainly be argued that he has more experience when it comes to fighting in front of big crowds with lofty expectations. He has proved that he can handle this sort of occasion and that is huge here – in combat sports we all know that it takes more than physical prowess to get the job done.

Physical prowess matters of course, and Prograis is the heavier hitter out of the two men, but Taylor does have a noticeable edge in both height and reach that should present him with an opportunity to pick his shots and fight at range, limiting the opportunities that the American will have to detonate a big shot on his chin. If he does that then Taylor can take Prograis the distance in London, and if the bout is as close as I expect it to be, then I suspect ‘home advantage’ could come into play as the judges award the contest, the belts and the Ali Trophy to the British fighter.

Ricky Burns v Lee Selby

This is a fight between two men who could be staring retirement in the face with a defeat here. Ricky Burns has rebounded well from his back-to-back decision defeats in 2017 by stopping Ivan Njegac and Scott Cardle in his last two fights, and that has been the story of his career over the past six years. The 36-year-old Scot has shown his fighting spirit to bounce back from several losses to become a three-weight world champion, but you have to wonder just how much gas is left in the tank after a 51-fight professional career that has seen him go through some wars and suffer a horrendous jaw injury. Selby is the slightly fresher of the two men and he does have just one defeat on his record – a split decision loss to Josh Warrington last year – so while he too appears to be on the downward curve of his career, I share the bookies’ belief that he is the fighter with some more mileage left in him. Therefore I am backing the Welshman to come out on top here.

Dereck Chisora v David Price

Dereck Chisora had been set to take on former world champion Joseph Parker on this night, but the New Zealander was forced to pull out of the contest with only a few weeks’ notice and stepping in to fill the void is David Price. Riding a three-fight win streak, Price is currently enjoying his best run of form since he reeled off four consecutive victories between early 2014 and early 2015, but it is fair to say that the calibre of opposition he has been facing has been poor and he still boasts that ‘glass jaw’ that destroyed the hype surrounding him in his early days. Chisora is hardly at the peak of his career and is not exactly a leading heavyweight these days, but ‘Del Boy’ is still a major step up from the likes of Tom Little, Kash Ali and David Allen. I expect Chisora to constantly pressure Price and negate his height and reach advantage by getting in close. From there he will work over the Merseysider, wear him down and probably stop him in the second half of the bout.

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