Prograis-Hooker, Braekhus-McCaskill Officially Postponed

Less than a few hours after BoxingScene reported it was inevitable, the news dropped. Matchroom Boxing announced that the April 17 card featuring Regis Prograis v. Maurice Hooker and Cecilia Braekhus v. Jessica McCaskill has been postponed.

In a statement, Matchoom stated it is exploring alternative options around the event. It is unknown when it would be rescheduled due to the unpredictability of the coronavirus. Fans will be able to receive refunds by going to the original point of origin for their tickets.

Prograis (24-1) was 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 (27-1-3) is on a one fight win streak. He beat Uriel Perez back in December via KO. It was a rebound fight after losing his first professional bout to Jose Carlos Ramirez back in July. As a result, Hooker lost his WBO Light-Welterweight Championship

Braekhus (36-0) is looking for her 26th-straight title defense of the undisputed welterweight titles. In her eleventh professional fight, “The First Lady” beat Vinni Skovgaard via unanimous decision for the WBA and WBC Welterweight Titles. Her last bout was a unanimous decision win over Victoria Bustos back in November. McCaskill, the WBA and WBC Super-Lightweight Champion, is on a three-fight win streak. A win against Braekhus could book her one step closer to a Katie Taylor rematch.

The postponement adds to the number of big gatherings canceled in the combat sports world. According to the latest from CNN, there have been over 164,837 cases of the coronavirus, with over 6,470 deaths confirmed.

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