The WBC junior welterweight world champion, Regis Prograis, looked to have landed a new promotional home earlier today, but the fighter himself took to Twitter to say that is untrue.
News broke on Tuesday morning as Keith Idec of BoxingScene.com was the first to report that Prograis is expected to sign a three-fight deal with the industry leader, as the 34-year-old fighter would take his talents to the brainchild of Eddie Hearn in Matchroom Boxing, with his fights airing on DAZN.
"Fake news," tweeted Progrias from his official Twitter account while quoting the boxing scene story.
Idec furthered that Prograis' first fight with the promotion should be this summer with no opponent named as of now. Prograis has been a man looking for a fight since becoming a two-time world champion in November of 2022 when he stopped Jose "Chon" Zepeda, in Carson, California, that was promoted by upstart MarvNation. Since that outcome fights have fallen apart with Jose Ramirez and Teofimo Lopez. Prograis appeared to be a victim of his promotional free-agent status as he had no network and promoter behind him to help facilitate his world title fights that had been sanctioned by the WBC.
Prograis had been promoted by Probellum, whom he signed with in October 2021, before the promotion ceased to exist. Prior to that, Prograis was promoted by Lou DiBella's DiBella Entertainment until 2020.
With this news, hopefully, that can change.
An interesting tidbit from this morning's story is that Prograis also had an offer with Top Rank Inc., but seemingly picked Matchroom.
Fighters under the Matchroom Boxing stable in Prograis' division are Montana Love, Steve Spark (who fights this weekend), Jack Catterall, Richardson Hitchins, and Liam Paro.
Prograis will also form a promotional entity with this deal, which will start Rougarou Promotions, which will use the Prograis' ring moniker, Rougarou, a mythical swamp creature of folklore from Louisiana, as the name of the company. It appears Prograis will function as a co-promoter along with Matchroom Boxing for his fights under this banner.