What Does Maurice Hooker Think About Called Off Regis Prograis Fight?

The man who decided to move on from boxing’s light-welterweight division has decided to speak about his latest move. Maurice Hooker wants to clear the air while Regis Prograis looks for a new opponent.

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. Speaking with Fight Hub, Hooker discussed in detail about the major change in his career.

“Over the time I’ve been spending with my kids, you know, I decided to move up to 147. My last two or three fights I’ve been having trouble making 140. I don’t want to struggle no more, I want to go into the fight strong for the whole 10, 12 rounds,” Hooker stated, via Bad Left Hook. “Me making 140 takes a bigger impact on me fight night because my legs be gone, I be weak making weight. So I decided to move to 147. So I told Regis and my team and Regis is like he ain’t gonna go up to 147.”

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. Prograis 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.

Chris Algieri was rumored to take Hooker’s spot. Hooker tried to state how Prograis shouldn’t be in charge of negotiations when it comes to the two of them potentially fighting again.

“He’s like ‘let’s do 144’, but no, that’s still too low because my last couple of fights — my last two been 143 and I couldn’t make that either…They just started calling shots like they the boss of something, like he’s Floyd Mayweather,” Hooker went on to say. “But we both have a belt so we can fight anywhere we want to. I’m like ‘let’s do 145’ he’s like, 144’. You know, I left it alone ‘cause if you really want to fight me you’ll come up to 145…I just left it alone. He really doesn’t want to fight, you know, (if over one pound) he’s gonna get out of line and go back-and-forth… I ain’t trying to go online and have an argument with a grown man, who’s supposed to be grown.

“We gonna fight or we not gonna fight. If we know, you know, shut up and move on. You know, life goes on. So I’m gonna move to 147 and I’m happy to fight anybody they put in front of me.”

Hooker is 2-1 in his last three fights. With 18 wins via knockout, the idea of “Mighty Mo” earning a better shot at a payday and a title was enticing to him. Now that the whole ordeal is over, Hooker can move on, even if he believes Prograis to be a coward.

As far as who he would like to face next, Hooker is interested in any challenge put in his way. Would he still fight Prograis down the line if he gave into his requests?

“Yeah, I would love to fight him. I’m over it now,” said Hooker. “So I’ma move up 147 and try to be a champion at 147.”

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