Regis Prograis has been given a chance to become a two-time world champion.
‘Rugarow’ with Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda They were brought up to compete in the World Boxing Council’s bantamweight division..
The title was vacated by former undisputed champion Josh Taylor earlier last month When he wants to fight Jack Cattrell again later this year.
WBC said in a statement yesterday:
“World Boxing Council orders free negotiation period for Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis to meet for vacant super-lightweight world title.”
Prograce won the WBC Diamond title in 2018, but in 2019 he defeated Kirill Relik to take the WBA version via sixth-round stoppage.
The 33-year-old from New Orleans traveled to England to face then-unified champion Josh Taylor in the World Boxing Super Series finals in London. The Scot won the 2019 Fight of the Year contender, handing Prograis his only career loss to date.
Prograys bounced back with 3 wins against Juan Heraldez, Evan Redkatch and Tyrone McKenna.
As per standard practice, a purse auction will be held on August 30 if Team Progress and Team Zepeda cannot come to an agreement on the details of the fight.
Jose Ramirez was originally slated to face Zepeda, but the former will marry his partner in October, making him unable to fight.
Zepeda will fight for a second chance at world title glory. The 33-year-old is undefeated in six fights since then, coming off a knockout loss to Ramirez three-and-a-half years ago.
Top 140lb crowd pleaser Jose Pedraza and impressive wins in 2020. He participated in the multi-ball thriller on Ivan Baranchik.
Sharing eight trips on the canvas between them, Zepeda emerged as the standout after a wild five laps.
The Prograis and Zepeda styles can be combined to form another classic in the ultra-lightweight class.