Due To Issues With Negotiations, Who Is Looking To Replace Maurice Hooker Against Regis Prograis?

Until a few days ago, a highly-anticipated bout between Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker was going to go on as planned. Then, Maurice Hooker decided to change things up. Now, it looks like a former junior-welterweight champion could end up taking his place.

Mike Coppinger of The Athletic is reporting that Chris Algieri will step up to face off against Prograis this summer. This is if the fight between Prograis and Hooker is officially nixed.

Hooker, (27-1-3), a former WBO Light-Welterweight Champion, has expressed a desire to move up to welterweight. The stresses of cutting weight, especially due to the coronavirus, became factors in the decision. Prograis (24-1) was not willing to add weight, stating that a fight between the two was signed for a specific weight. The only way he would move up, even if it was one pound, would be for more money.

Algieri (24-3), the former WBO Junior-Welterweight Champion, retired in 2016. He recently came back, beating Angel Hernandez in 2018. He beat Danny Gonzalez in his next fight for the WBO International Junior-Welterweight Title. “The Fighting Collegian’s” last fight was in June 2019, beating Tommy Coyle inside Madison Square Garden.

Prograis (24-1) is coming off of a loss to Josh Taylor back in October. The former WBA and NABF Light-Welterweight Champion was one win away from winning the World Boxing Super Series: Super-Lightweight finals.

Hooker and Prograis were originally supposed to fight one another on April 17 but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

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