New Orleans Native Regis Prograis to Fight for WBC Super Lightweight Belt

New Orleans native Regis Prograis will meet Jose Zepeda in a battle for the vacant WBC super lightweight world championship on Nov. 26 at Dignity Health Sports Park in Carson, Calif.

A win by Prograis in the PPV title bout could cement his status as one of the best boxers in Louisiana history.

Prograis a clear favorite against Zepeda

Prograis — currently the world’s No. 2 welterweight boxer — enters the 12-round bout against top-ranked Zepeda as a substantial favorite. On FanDuel, Prograis is -210, while Zepeda is +158, according to ProBoxingOdds.com. At Bet365, Prograis is an even bigger favorite (-250), with Zepeda priced at +175.

Props for the match are currently unavailable, but given that Prograis has won by knockout in 82% of his matches and Zepeda has won 27 of his 37 fights (73%) by knockout, a prop on the fight ending in a knockout will be worth a close look.

It will be interesting to see how those prices move between now and Nov. 26, as Prograis enters the bout with a record of 27-1. Zepeda has not lost often, either – he’s 35-2.

The only loss of Prograis’ career came in October, 2019, when he lost to Josh Taylor.

Zepeda’s losses include a 12-round majority decision that went against him when he challenged Jose Ramirez for a world title on Feb. 10, 2019. His only other loss occurred in July 2015, against Terry Flanagan, when he retired in the second round with a shoulder injury.

Prograis ranked among top boxers in Louisiana history

Prograis, 33, could earn his place as the best Louisiana boxer of the modern era with a win. He is currently ranked No. 7 in AinsworthSports.com’s list of the state’s top boxers, and almost all of the fighters in the top 15 fought during the first half of the 20th century.

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