After filing a lawsuit in New Jersey district court earlier this month trying to get out of his deal with the World Boxing Super Series, it looks like Junior Welterweight Champion Regis Prograis now has been reassured enough that he may actually fight in the championship match in October.
This is according to a Monday afternoon report for the ESPN boxing insider Dan Rafael. He got confirmation from Prograis’ promoter Lou DiBella that there are at least ongoing positive talks to have Prograis follow through and fight the title fight:
No deal yet but @RPrograis team in talks with @WBSuperSeries to work out their issues and have him rejoin the tournament to face @JoshTaylorBoxer in a final that would move to a later date. My story: https://t.co/aRlOf3Llz1 #boxing @loudibella @SauerlandBros
— Dan Rafael (@danrafaelespn) August 19, 2019
“We always wanted to resolve this and right now that is what we are attempting to do. Regis doesn’t want to sit out and he wants to win the tournament.”
Although the fight date was never officially announced, Prograis, originally from New Orleans, was scheduled to battle Scotland’s Josh Taylor in Manchester, England, for October 5th.
However, in the court filing August 9th Prograis, (24-0, 20 KOs) alleged that the Swiss company behind the “WBSS,” Comasa AG, had missed the deadline of putting his guaranteed purse of $700,000 into escrow. The tournament championship winner was slated to receive a $1.3 million bonus on top of that guarantee.
DiBella also says that the WBSS, officials had also been talking to he and Prograis about moving up the fight by a week to September the 28th, which they were opposed to doing.
In a public statement Comasa AG said in response,
“The litigation initiated by Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment Inc. in the New Jersey District Court is completely unfounded and without any basis in fact or in law.
“WBSS strenuously denies that it has violated any contractual obligation towards Regis Prograis or DiBella Entertainment Inc. The WBSS has enforced its tournament contracts in the past. It will do so again with all resources available if needed.”
It’s now believed that the championship fight at 140 lbs. would take place on Saturday October 26th in London, instead.
Prograis defeated Kiriyi Relikh by 6th round TKO in April in the semifinals of the junior welterweight tournament to become the WBA title holder. Taylor is 15-0 and won his May semifinal by decision over Ivan Baranchyk in Glasgow, Scotland for the IBF belt.