With grace! Zepeda and Prograis consider it important “To keep face”
Southpaw Regis “Rougarou” Prograis takes on leftie José “Chon” Zepeda, for the vacant World Boxing Council super lightweight title, on Saturday, November 26, at Dignity Health Sports Park of Carson, California.
Both fighters were on the dais face to face during the final press conference and they put their cards which were close to the chest, on the table…face down!
“This is one of the most anticipated fights in all of boxing,” said Marvin Rodriguez, CEO of MarvNation Promotions. “Zepeda vs. Prograis promises to provide action from the first bell, and the winner will not only capture the WBC belt but will also be considered the best boxer in the 140-pound division. It is an honor to be able to bring this event to the fans of Southern California.”
Prograis comes in with a 27-1 record, 23 knockouts. He lost his undefeated record to Josh Taylor in October 2019. Since then, he has notched three straight wins and intends to continue that streak of lightning this Saturday, not taking things lightly.
“I have been waiting for this opportunity for three long years,” said Prograis. “I was a champion three years ago and I stayed at 140 pounds to meet my goal of becoming a two-time world champion in this division. I have waited a long time for this opportunity. I am very grateful for this opportunity that is being given to me again, and I am not going to waste it!”
“I am very excited because this fight is finally taking place,” exclaimed Zepeda, stressing: “This fight is not like any other fight. We are two of the best super lightweight fighters. You don’t see these kinds of fights in boxing anymore. It’s a real fight and the best part is that the fans are fully aware of that.”
Zepeda is a fighter with vast experience. He has a record of 25-2, 27 knockouts. In recent years, he has stood and delivered “Chilla thrillas.”
In October 2020, Zepeda defeated former world champion Ivan Baranchyk in an epic blast furnace molten meltdown, knocking him out in the fifth round in a match at which both boxers crashed to the canvas four times.
After defeating Hank Lundy by decision in May 2021, Zepeda once again validated his reputation as a Mexican warrior with a sensational knockout of Josué Vargas in October of that year at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater. Suspense followed by “Who done it” drama!
Zepeda fought his first world championship against José Ramírez in 2019. The 33-year-old boxer, who resides in La Puente, California, lost by majority decision, but will now have another chance to win that same belt on November 26. The countdown is already…underway!!!