IBF Lightweight Champion Josh Taylor (16-0, 12 KOs) scored a Majority decision over WBA titleholder Regis Prograis (24-1, 20 KOs) to unify and win the world Boxing Super Series at the O2 Arena in london on Saturday Night.
In a close encounter with the result still in the balance until the latter rounds, Taylor was adjudged to have done enough after the twelve frantic rounds to win by scores of 114-114, 115-113, 117-112.
“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.”
Heavyweight Derek Chisora (32-9, 23 KOs) chalked up another knockout to add to David Price (25-7, 20 KOs) woes, doing so emphatically in the fourth round.
Chisora had little trouble in closing the distance, taking away the advantage of reach from Price before landing with an assortment of shots. Price was noticeably rocked in the third before a right hand dropped him in the fourth. Price got back to his feet but his corner sensing more punishment to come, threw in the towel at 2:00 mark.
“I came to seek and destroy,” said Chisora afterward. “If I catch him, he’s gone…if we can get Joseph Parker a.s.a.p., I’m ready to go. I hope he doesn’t get another spider bite.”
In a crossroads fight for both men, Lee Selby (28-2, 9 KOs) can breathe a sigh of relief, scoring a majority decision over Ricky Burns (43-8-1, 16 KOs) by Scores of 115-115, 116-112, 116-113.
2016 Olympian Lawrence Okolie (14-0, 11 KOs) crowned himself the EBU European champion with a seventh round TKO over Yves Ngabu (20-1, 14 KOs).
Unbeaten welterweight Conor Benn (16-0, 11 KOs) scored a fourth round KO over Steve Jamoye (26-8-2, 5 KOs).