Report- Regis Prograis takes PBC October offer
We knew that American Junior Welterweight contender, Regis Prograis, would be a hot commodity, as a promotional free agent and a report Friday afternoon says that Premier Boxing Champions has landed him, if only for a single fight.
Mike Coppinger, boxing insider for The Athletic, reported Friday that Prograis agreed to a “one-off fight deal” with PBC to be on the undercard of the Gervonta Davis – Leo Santa Cruz Pay-per-view in October:
Regis Prograis has signed a one-fight deal with PBC and will face Juan Heraldez on Oct. 24 on the Tank-LSC PPV, sources tell @TheAthletic. Maurice Hooker, who Prograis was set to face in April, agreed to a multi-fight deal with PBC earlier. Details:https://t.co/RsQUTdw7lu
— Mike Coppinger (@MikeCoppinger) August 21, 2020
Prograis, 24-1, will battle 16-0-1, Juan Heraldez, in a non-title bout, but it’s not clear if that be at will be at Junior Welterweight or potentially a catchweight.
The 31-year old Prograis was last in the ring in October, when he travelled to London to take on Josh Taylor in a 140 lb. unification clash and the final of the World Boxing Super Series.The Scotsman Taylor edged out ‘Rougarou’ via Majority Decision in an “all-out war.” It handed Prograis the first loss of his career and took his WBA Jr. Welterweight title that he had won in the previous fight of the tournament.
After that defeat, Prograis and his promoter, Lou Dibella, had entered into an agreement with Eddie Hearn and Matchroom Boxing for 140 lb., for a non-title eliminator showdown with former WBC champion, Maurice Hooker. However, the Covid-19 shutdown of the sport scuttled their fight for April and now, Hooker is apparently unable to come close to making the 140 lb Jr. Welterweight limit.
Prograis and DiBella came to a financial settlement on him buying out the finial fight of his promotional deal to make another deal with a larger promotion.
Coppinger further reported that Prograis had been contemplating an offer from Top Rank Boxing, but had no short-term guarantee to fight either unified lightweight champ Ramirez or rematch Taylor.
It is believed that Matchroom, which controls both of those fighters, is trying to make an Undisputed 140 lb. title fight between the two later this year when at least some fans can be present.
As for Prograis, he obviously would have multiple fighter options at 147 lbs., as PBC virtually controls that division with the likes of Errol Spence, Manny Pacquiao, Shawn Porter, Keith Thurman, etc.
That’s, if he wants to move up to Welterweight.