The World Boxing Super Series junior welterweight finals is headed to The O2 Arena with a number of former world champions set to fight on the undercard.
Regis Prograis and Josh Taylor will fight for the unified WBA and IBF championship in the tournament finals on October 26 at The O2 with the fight being streamed on DAZN. The fight would crown the second unified champion at 140 pounds, leaving only two men holding championships at that weight class.
The fight ends a tumultuous saga that has plagued the WBSS 140-pound tournament on more than one occasion. A semifinal matchup between Taylor and Ivan Baranchyk was almost derailed after Baranchyk sought to leave the WBSS. The same thing nearly happened recently with Prograis filing a lawsuit against the WBSS and tried to exit out of the tournament before stepping in the ring against Taylor amid a number of issues Prograis had with tournament organizers.
Prograis entered the tournament as the No. 1 seed, winning his quarterfinal bout against Terry Flanagan and then stopped Kiryl Relikh in the semifinals to win the WBA title. Taylor advanced to the semifinals with a win over Ryan Martin and then beat Baranchyk to capture the IBF belt and land a spot in the finals.
On the undercard, a heavyweight matchup between former WBO titleholder Joseph Parker and Derek Chisora will take place. Parker is looking to get back into the heavyweight title picture and is in the midst of a multi-fight deal with Matchroom Boxing while Chisora is looking to extend his win streak to three fights, the longest since a five-fight streak from 2015 to 2016.
Also announced for the undercard is an EBU European cruiserweight title bout between Yves Ngabu and Lawrence Okolie. The fourth and final fight revealed in the initial announcement was a matchup between former world champions Lee Selby and Ricky Burns.