Regis Prograis has been eager to get another shot at a world title since coming up short to Josh Taylor in October of 2019, in a fight some pundits scored for Prograis. The heavily avoided fighter, who is never at a loss for words, has waited patiently to rebuild toward a rematch with Taylor, or a fight on the world stage.
Now it has happened, as he will face Jose “Chon” Zepeda for the vacant WBC super lightweight title. The one that Taylor has now vacated to face Jack Catterall in a rematch after their heavily disputed result earlier this year.
Prograis since losing his belt has rattled off three stoppage victories and has been calling out, any-and-all who are at the 140 lbs. division.
“It’s killer vs. killer in this fight,” said Prograis when speaking to BoxingScene.com. “You got two killers in the ring, two southpaws and we both got big knockout power.”
Prograis, a huge fight fan, often reflects upon history and significant moments in his fight career unlike many fighters in his position. Often a fighter would dumb-down, or belittle their opponent, Prograis is honest in his reflection. Which is why Prograis is likable to many.
Zepeda, a Southern California native, might have a home-field advantage, and with his popular KO of Josue Vargas, Zepeda appears to be trending upward, but people often forget Prograis is a fighter who has spent a lot of time in the L.A. area training and has a fanbase there as well.
“I’m whooping Zepeda. I’m whooping him. Oh for sure, I’m whooping Zepeda. Don’t get me wrong he’s explosive, he got knockout punches. But I'm not Josue Vargas, nowhere close. I’m not Ivan Baranchyk. I know he got knockout power and stuff like that but I know he’s never fought nobody like me before.”