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Promoter Dibella Says Prograis-Taylor NOT A Coinflip Fight

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Fight fans who get off on coinflip fights are enjoyong themselves, of late. Saturday, they get to see how the 140 pound showdown between Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor plays out, just a week after the much anticipated faceoff between light heavyweight titans Artur Beterbiev and Oleksandr Gvozdyk.

The Prograis versus Taylor tango unspools in England. Prograis, the Louisiana native who lives and trains in Texas, is promoted by  Lou Dibella, who flew in Monday; he has assessed his guy’s demeanor and chances as we count down to fight night.

The fight screens on the OTT platform DAZN, and is supported by a heavyweight tango, between Dereck Chisora and David Price.

The inter-play between Taylor and Prograis has been charged and indicates, perhaps, that both are more geared up for this bout more so than any other in their respective careers.

Taylor (holds WBA and WBC straps; 24-0, 20 KOs; age 30), he looks REALLY ready to rumble at O2 Arena, I messaged Dibella.

What are his thoughts on that? “Both do,” the NY-based promoter told me. “I think we win.”

I called this a coinflip fight–does Dibella think the same?

“No, I actually don’t feel that way,” the deal-maker stated. “I think Regis is the more versatile and talented fighter of the two, though I consider Taylor (holds IBF belt; 15-0, 12 KOs; age 28) to be the second best in the division. I think Regis is the more dangerous fighter, as well as the boxer more capable of making adjustments. I’m expecting a real contest, but I am confident in Regis.”

Prograis came to England last week, earlier than is typical. And we hear that the feedback from the locals has been purely positive. “10000%,” Dibella said. “He’s comfortable and adjusted and the Brits appreciate how approachable and friendly he’s been. He’s made a lot of friends here.”

Lastly, Taylor is a Scotsman…does Dibella worry he might get extra UK love from judges? “Don’t think they will be an issue. I certainly hope not.”

NOTE: I’m thinking along these lines–if Prograis wins, and looks real good, I think we move into next year with chatter about him moving to 147, and fighting Terence Crawford. Your thoughts on that? Talk to me…

NOTE 2: Dibella will not stay for the fight. He will fly back to America, to attend memorial services for Patrick Day.

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