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Jose Zepada and Regis Prograis brimming with confidence ahead of Saturday clash

Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis

Leading WBC junior welterweight contenders Jose ‘Chon’ Zepeda 23-0-1 (20) and Regis ‘Rougarou’ Prograis 27-1 (23) are both focused on victory ahead of their fight for the vacant WBC 140-pound title at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, California on Saturday night.

The 33-year-old Zepeda from La Puente, California will be having his third crack at a world title after coming up short against Terry Flanagan in 2015 and Jose Carlos Ramirez in 2019. For Prograis, 33, of New Orleans, Louisiana, the fight represents a chance to become a two-time world champion after losing his WBA strap to Josh Taylor in the final of the World Boxing Super Series three years ago.

Zepeda is ranked number one by the WBC, while Prograis is ranked number two.

In 2020, Zepeda was one-half of the fight of the year when he defeated former IBF champion Ivan Baranchyk by fifth round knockout. Both boxers were knocked down three times.

He has looked in superb form since then, scoring a wide unanimous decision over Hank Lundy and a first-round knockout of Josue Vargas. The Prograis bout – which pits two southpaws against each other – will be his first fight in more than a year.

“Prograis is going to be very surprised by my power and speed,” Zepeda said. “We’re both going to fight the way we’ve been fighting. He hits hard, I hit hard and both of us are desperate to win which will make for a great fight. Both of us have a lot of heart and we both are looking for a real fight to settle this.

“I had two previous opportunities to win a world title and I truly believe this is the best version of me for this fight.”

Prograis has bounced back from his majority decision loss to Taylor, stringing together three knockout wins over Juan Heraldez, Ivan Redkach and Tryonne McKenna. The McKenna bout took place in March of this year.

Earlier this week, Zepeda was involved in a car accident that prevented him from attending an open workout to promote the fight. No details have been released on the accident and Prograis doesn’t want his opponent to rely on it as a built-in excuse if he loses.

“He said he’s 100% after the car accident so I don’t want to hear any excuses after the fight. I’m ready to dominate for 12 rounds. I’m going to dominate and I’m not worried about anything else,” Prograis said.

“I just feel like I’m on another level than him, skill-wise. I have more experience and I’ve been at the top already. If you compare strength, power, chin, stamina, speed, defence, I feel like I win every time. Every category, it’s me. He’s been hurt, he’s been dropped a bunch of times. I’ve never been hurt and I destroy people.”