Zepeda – Prograis November Undercard Announced
MarvNation Promotions and Legendz Entertainment announced the pay-per-view undercard for the vacant WBC junior welterweight title bout between Jose Zepeda (35-2, 27 KOs) and Regis Prograis (27-1, 23 KOs), which will take place on Nov. 26 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California.
In the co-feature, Evelyn Bermudez (17-0-1, 6 KOs), 26, of Argentina, will defend her unified women’s junior flyweight world titles against unified strawweight champion Yokasta Valle (26-2, 9 KOs), 30, of Costa Rica, who will move up in weight.
Junior middleweight up-and-comer Charles Conwell (17-0, 13 KOs), 24, a 2016 U.S. Olympian from Cleveland, will face Juan Carlos Abreu (25-6-1, 23 KOs), 35, of the Dominican Republic, in a 10-rounder, confirming a previous Fight Freaks Unite report. Abreu has won two fights in a row since a sixth-round knockout loss to Jaron Ennis in September 2020.
Back to the main event.
Zepeda (35-2, 27 KOs), 33, of La Puente, California, was Josh Taylor’s mandatory challenger at 140 lb. but when Taylor vacated to pursue a rematch with Jack Catterall rather than hang onto the WBC belt, next up was former WBA titlist Regis Prograis (27-1, 23 KOs), 33, of New Orleans, whose only loss was a close majority decision to Taylor in a 2019 unification fight.
Prograis, has won three fights in a row since the loss to Taylor and campaigned hard to get this opportunity.
Jose Ramirez, another former champ at junior lightweight, was to have fought Zepeda for the vacant belt, but he asked out of that fight due getting married this fall. He would like to battle the Zepeda-Prograis winner next.
Continuing on the undercard, Bakhodir Jalolov (11-0, 11 KOs), 28, of Uzbekistan, the 2020 Olympic super heavyweight gold medalist, will also be on the card, as Fight Freaks Unite previously reported. The southpaw will face Curtis Harper (14-8, 9 KOs), 34, of Jacksonville, Florida, in his first scheduled 10-rounder.
In the six-rounder opener, junior middleweight prospect Fernando Vargas Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs), 25, a southpaw from Las Vegas, who one of the fighting sons of former two-time junior middleweight world titleholder Fernando Vargas Sr., will face an opponent to be determined.