Major Update On Regis Prograis And Maurice Hooker

Although both fighters are no longer facing off, they can’t seem to distance themselves from one another.

It was previously reported that Maurice Hooker signed with Premier Boxing Champions. The Athletic’s Mike Coppinger has since reported that his original opponent for this year, Regis Prograis, has also signed a deal with PBC.

Hooker (27-1-3) made his professional debut in 2011, fighting Tyrone Chatman to a draw. He ended up beating Eduardo Galindo for the WBO-NABO Light-Welterweight Title in 2015, defending it four times. In 2017 Hooker beat Terry Flanagan for the WBO Light-Welterweight Title. He would lose it to Jose Carlos Ramirez in July 2019. Hooker’s last bout was a TKO win over Uriel Perez in December.

It appears that Hooker could face Josesito Lopez on November 21, the same night as Errol Spence Jr. v. Danny Garcia for the former’s WBC and IBF Welterweight Titles.

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. He signed a one-fight deal with PBC and could end up facing Juan Heraldez. The fight is looking to be held on the October 24th Gervonta Davis-Leo Santa Cruz card.

“(Haymon’s) the godfather of boxing,” Prograis stated to The Athletic. “You don’t even see him, you just hear his name. He gets all of his fighters a lot of exposure; a lot of them paid a lot. For a long time, I didn’t get the exposure I deserved even though I was champion.”

“Mighty Mo” was supposed to face off against Prograis in April but the bout was postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic. Looking to be rebooked, Hooker expressed a desire to move up to welterweight. Prograis was unwilling to do so unless there was an increase in pay. The stresses of cutting weight, especially due to the coronavirus, became factors in Hooker’s decision.

Hooker is looking to move in weight while Prograis is hoping to become a sensation all over the world. It is unknown if both fighters would ever try and link up again.

“My goal, of course, is to be a world champion again at 140 before moving to 147 and (Haymon) has all the 147-pounders over there,” Prograis would end up saying. “That would be an easy move.”

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