World super lightweight champion Regis Prograis is back in action this weekend as he looks to make a successful defence of his WBC title in his home city of New Orleans - here's everything you need to know ahead of the fight.
This is very much a homecoming for the New Orleans-born champion, who did have big plans to hunt down Josh Taylor before his loss to Teofimo Lopez and avenge the only blemish on his 29-fight professional record.
The American recently turned down big money offers from other promotional companies to sign with Matchroom, with the super-lightweight division currently littered with big names and prospective super fights - most notably another recent Matchroom signing Jack Catterall, who suffered a controversial defeat to Taylor.
Prograis was scheduled to be taking on Liam Paro this weekend, but the Australian was forced to pull out of the bout after picking up an injury during training camp - paving the way for Zorrilla to step in and fight for world honors for the first time in his career.
Regis Prograis v Danielito Zorrilla:
|What||Regis Prograis v Danielito Zorrilla|
|Where||Smoothie King Center, New Orleans|
|When||Saturday, June 18, 2023|
|How to watch||DAZN|
|Odds||Regis Prograis -1400, Danielito Zorrilla +800|
The fight is scheduled to take place in the early hours of Saturday, June 18.
The main event ringwalks are expected at around 10 PM ET.
The timing is however, subject to the length of the undercard fights.
The fight is set to take place at the King Smoothie Center in New Orleans, a multi-purpose indoor arena with a capacity of 17,791.
A venue often used for music concerts, this is the first time Louisiana-born Regis Prograis has fought in his home state since 2018.
The fight will be broadcast live on global streaming platform DAZN.
Former WBA world super lightweight title holder Regis Prograis became a two-time world champion with his success over Jose Zepeda for the vacant WBC belt and this is the American's first defense of his strap.
American Regis Prograis, 34, suffered the only defeat of his professional career at the hands of former undisputed world champion Josh Taylor four years in a barnstorming showdown.
The loss is the only blemish on a very impressive CV, one that possesses an eye-catching 24 KO victories from his 28 successes.
The explosive and slick southpaw has stopped all four opponents since his defeat to Taylor, including a sensational 11th-round knockout of Jose Zepeda last November.
As an amateur, Prograis trained alongside legendary fighter Evander Holyfield and was at one point ranked number four in America, winning numerous titles - including the prestigious Golden Gloves in 2010.
|Date of birth:||January 24, 1989|
|Record:||28-1 (24 KOs)|
|Date of birth:||October 25, 1993|
|Record:||17-1 (13 KOs)|
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