A WAR of words has broken out ahead of Josh Taylor’s world title unification fight with Regis Prograis.

The two undefeated super lightweights will step into the ring at The O2 in London on October 26.

Taylor, who holds the IBF world title and is also the WBC silver champion, and Prograis, who is the WBA ‘super’ world champion and WBC diamond champion, will clash in the final of the World Boxing Super Series.

Victory could also set up a contest with Jose Carlos Ramirez, who holds the WBC and WBO world titles – meaning the winner of that bout would have unified all four world title belts in the division.

The winner of Taylor versus Prograis will not only claim the belts but also lift the Ali Trophy.

Taylor, 28, from Prestonpans, and Prograis met in London last month, where the vocal sparring began. Since then, the heated exchange has continued on social media with no shortage of jibes between the two finalists.

In a video message, New Orleans native Prograis told his adversary: “I’m coming to kick your ***. I can’t wait.

“It is going to be the biggest fight of both our careers. But the only thing on my mind is you.”

The response from the Tartan Tornado was swift.

“Hope he’s not having nightmares with all that thinking because come October 26 there’s a tornado coming that’s gonna take him out,” replied Josh.

Taylor, meanwhile, was named the winner of the CBC Dennie Mancini Trophy at the British Boxing Board of Control Awards at the end of last week.

Mancini, who passed away in 2004, was one of the best known figures in the sport and played a role in the careers of boxers including Chris Eubank and Nigel Benn.

Taylor’s journey to the World Boxing Super Series final started in November last year at the SSE Hydro in Glasgow.

He stopped previously unbeaten American fighter Ryan Martin in the seventh round of the quarter-final clash and then handed a first defeat to Belarussian Ivan Baranchyk in the semi-final at the same venue in May this year to become a world champion by taking the IBF belt from his opponent.

Prograis, who comes into the fight with 24 wins from 24 bouts, defeated Brit Terry Flanagan on points in his quarter-final almost 12 months ago. He then overcame Belarus’ Kiryl Relikh at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette to win the WBA world title and set up his first bout outside the USA.

Prograis and Taylor entered the World Boxing Super Series and the quest for the Ali Trophy as the two highest-seeded boxers in a loaded 140lb bracket.

“This final is going to be sensational,” said Kalle Sauerland, chief boxing officer of the World Boxing Super Series. “The countdown has now begun. When you look at Prograis vs Taylor, it’s truly a tribute to the vision of this tournament and the aim to produce the best fights in boxing.”

Tickets are on sale for the fight, which will be shown live on Sky Sports Box Office.