WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman gave the word for free negotiations between Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis for the vacant WBC super lightweight title.
There could be a boxing bout to determine the new WBC super lightweight champion on the horizon. Negotiations are opening between Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis to determine the new WBC super lightweight champion.
Sources revealed to FanSided that WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman provided written confirmation that “free negotiations” between WBC rated number one super lightweight Zepeda and WBC number three super lightweight Regis Prograis could begin negotiations to determine the next WBC super lightweight champion.
Josh Taylor was the undisputed super lightweight champion but relinquished his WBC title after being ordered to fight number one contender Zepeda. The WBC ordered Zepeda vs. Jose Ramirez, but it seems that plans have shifted to Zepeda vs. Prograis.
WBC President Mauricio Sulaiman gave the go-ahead for ‘free negotiations’ for Jose Zepeda vs. Regis Prograis for the vacant WBC super lightweight title
It’s a startling turn of events, but Zepeda and Prograis have until Tuesday, Aug. 30, to reach a deal before the fight moves to a purse bid.
Taylor also vacated his WBA title in May. He fought Jack Catterall to a split decision victory in February, but many felt Catterall deserved the win. Taylor is doing all he can to force a rematch with Catterall before moving to welterweight.
Alberto Puello is the number one contender on the WBA side of things. Prograis is rated number six, while Ramirez doesn’t appear on their rankings despite being the former unified super lightweight champion.
Zepeda and Ramirez have the same manager, Rick Mirigian. Ramirez defeated Zepeda by majority decision in 2019, but Zepeda is getting the green light to fight for the WBC title.
The ESPN Ringside Twitter account reported that Ramirez dropped out of the Zepeda bout due to conflicting schedules, as he is set to get married in October.