Edinburgh-born Taylor won the IBF title in his final fight and Prograis retains the WBA and WBC belts, although this particular bout is the closing of the branch’s World Boxing Super collection Ali Trophy.
A good deal is at stake and even though the 28-year-old is a very long way from Scotland, he understands he is going to be backed with a rapturous audience in London this weekend.
Taylor told that the PA news service:”I can not wait to have in there today. I received a fantastic reception tonight and that I can not wait for Saturday.
“I am a small Jock that has come to the center of London and I got a fantastic reception, so it was very pleasant and hot.
“It seems like a house battle, it truly does. It seems as though I am in Scotland. I am feeling the love”
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Having a record of 15 wins out of 15 fights, which comprises 12 knock-outs, the Prestonpans fighter isn’t a stranger to the large stage despite just turning professional four decades back.
“I think I will do it, 100 percent. It’s the biggest struggle of my career up to now, but I’ve had enormous struggles before and I am just enjoying the moment and appreciating the roller coaster ride that’s my livelihood,” he explained.
“Lots of fighters dream of becoming included in such huge fights and large occasions, so I am enjoying every moment.
“I will look back to this in several years to come, once I have won on Saturday, and I will have the ability to say I had been a part of that and that I really did it’ and that I will be very proud.”
New Orleans fighter Prograis anticipates boos in the O2 Arena, but is convinced he’ll turn the audience by the end of this super-lightweight contest.
Prograis stated:”They will be cheering after I depart, undoubtedly. They will be cheering. I will not fret about people booing, that things does not matter to me personally.
“I arrived here 3 weeks early.
I’m more comfortable in there when compared to virtually anything else that I do in my entire lifetime, so when I get in the ring this is going to be out how and it is going to be time for you to get the job done.
“I do not actually rely in my expertise for benefit, I rely on me for benefit. I do not believe in all of that stuff.
“He’s a great, quality fighter and world champion, you do not have to become world champion for nothing, therefore that I do not believe experience is going to be a variable. For me personally, I’ll beat him because I’m better than him not due to my expertise.”
Dereck Chisora and David Price were one of a lot of different fighters to share in the general public work out, even though the former chose to get the audience involved.
Finchley resident Chisora encouraged two onlookers to the ring to share in a press-up struggle with the winner getting VIP tickets to the event in the O2.
“Obviously you’ve Chisora against Price, everyone is talking about this and debating it. Then we’ve got Prograis against Taylor, which I believe is most likely the best battle of 2019 up to now.
“It is a unification, a Scotsman contrary to a loud mouth American who really can fight and fight.
“It is the closing of this Ali trophy too, the Ring Magazine is about the card and there’ll be nonstop actions from begin to finish. It is really the card of this year.”