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Long Wait Almost Over For Regis Prograis Title Shot

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Long Wait Almost Over For Regis Prograis Title Shot

Coming up Saturday night in Carson, CA, former WBA world junior welterweight champ Regis Prograis has been waiting, and waiting, to get another title shot. And now, over three years after losing a unified title bout to Josh Taylor, he’s going get it.

That happens when Prograis meets Jose Zepeda for the vacant WBC 140 lb. crown in the MarvNation promoted PPV main event,

Prograis (27-1, 23 KOs), was last in action in March in the Middle East of all places, when he knocked out Tyrone McKenna in the sixth round. It was his third victory since losing his belt to Taylor. And, in a conversation with our content partner Dan Rafael recently, he made clear that it hasn’t been easy waiting,

“It’s been three years of frustration…. I just thought that since the fight (Taylor split decision loss) was so close. I would get a title shot again, like “bang.” Maybe a fight or two, but then I’d be right back to get a title shot….all this frustration, ti’s just been building and building and building,” Prograis said.

Hear more of his comments and his thoughts of facing the veteran Zepeda in the full conversation with Dan on the “Big Fight Weekend” podcast feed by clicking below,

Zepeda will be tough

Zepeda (35-2, 27 KOs), will get his second shot at the WBC junior welterweight title. He lost a close decision against Jose Ramirez in 2019. Zepeda is also rolling, while on a five-fight winning streak, including a fifth-round knockout of former champion Ivan Baranchyk in one of the most extraordinary fights of 2020. With both fighters down multiple times, Zepeda finally dispatched Baranchyk with a booming straight left to the chin. That knocked him out cold on his feet and Baranchyk flopped backwards landing on the back and the back of his head in one of the KOs of that crazy pandemic year.
Now, he’ll get ready for a very tough bout with Prograis, who’s regarded as one of the most talented championship level fighters at 140 lb. over the past 3-4 years.
Someone will win the most important fight of their careers over the past few years and if it’s Prograis, he’s set up potentially for a rematch with Josh Taylor at some point in 2023, as well.

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A veteran broadcaster of over 25 years, T.J. has been a fight fan longer than that! He’s the host of the “Big Fight Weekend” podcast and will go “toe to toe” with anyone who thinks that Marvin Hagler beat Sugar Ray Leonard or that Tyson, Lennox Lewis or Deontay Wilder could have beaten Ali!

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