JOSH Taylor’s hotly anticipated world title unification fight with the United States’ Regis Prograis will take place next month in London.

Prestonpans boxer Taylor, the IBF World Champion and WBC Silver Champion, and Prograis, who is the WBA World Champion and the WBC Diamond Champion, will go toe-to-toe at the O2 on October 26.

Both men have come through two gruelling fights to reach the final of the World Boxing Super Series Super Lightweight tournament, with the winner walking away with the belts and the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.

Taylor, undefeated in his 15 fights, said of the announcement: “I’m massively excited. I want to prove that I’m the best in the division by taking on the best fighters.

“Now it’s finally over the line I can concentrate on getting to work in the gym and going full steam ahead again.

“I’m very confident that I can outbox him and outfight him as well, I can’t see anything other than a Josh Taylor win on October 26.”

And he added: “It will be a huge buzz to fight for the Muhammad Ali trophy in front of a huge crowd at The O2. I believe that I am the best fighter in the division and now it’s time to prove it.”

Taylor reached the final after dismantling Ryan Martin in Glasgow last November before taking a unanimous points decision over Ivan Baranchyk to lift the IBF title in the same city.

Meanwhile, 30-year-old Prograis is undefeated in his 24 fights, with 20 wins coming by stoppage.

He too was confident of emerging victorious in his first fight outside of the USA.

Prograis said: “I’m very excited to get everything settled for this fight. This is the fight I wanted the most and it’s the fight to prove who is the best in the division.

“My goal has always been the same and that’s to prove I’m the best 140lbs fighter in the world and to become undisputed. It has always been a dream for me to fight in London. The boxing fans in the UK are some of the best in the world and I can’t wait to go and put on a show. I know once they see me fight they’ll be fans for life.”

Prograis described Taylor as the “second best 140lbs boxer in the world” after himself.

“He had two great performances leading into the finals and I’m looking forward to fighting the best Josh Taylor on October 26,” he said.

The winner could then face Jose Carlos Ramirez, who holds the WBC World Super Lightweight title and the WBO World Super Lightweight belt.

Tickets for the O2 fight go on sale tomorrow (Friday) and Taylor is sure to be backed by a big noisy following from the county.