Prograis-Hooker On The Verge Of Being Dropped

With the coronavirus continuing to cause a disturbance in the sports world, one major matchup may not end up taking place. According to The Athletic, the April 17 clash between Regis Prograis and Maurice Hooker is in serious trouble.

Mike Coppinger is reporting that the fight, scheduled to take place inside MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on April 17 is still in the works, but on life support. Matchroom Boxing’s Eddie Hearn is looking to move the event in order for it to happen. In a report by BoxingScene, the event is just a few moments away from being scrapped.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recently recommended that events with 50+ people be postponed. Several states across the United States have already banned large gatherings, forcing a curfew. Hearn may be trying to get the event to happen overseas, but with the current state of the world, it may end up being left behind for another time.

Here is what is on the line for both men:

A former WBA and NABF Light-Welterweight Champion, Prograis (24-1) is coming off of a loss to Josh Taylor back in October. The majority decision loss ended his undefeated streak while also making him come in second during the World Boxing Super Series: Super-Lightweight finals.

The 30-year-old 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. A holder of the WBO-NABO Light-Welterweight Championship, Hooker has a desire to get his life back; the title he defended twice before Ramirez took it from him.

According to the latest from CNN, there have been over 152,428 cases of the coronavirus, with over 5,720 deaths confirmed.

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