Prograis laughed at Lopez, Rigondeaux’s comeback, Cruz makes a deal with Santa


The WBC super lightweight champion (up to 63.5 kg) American Regis Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) ridiculed the ex-owner of all belts in the division below compatriot Teofimo Lopez (18-1, 13 KOs), who plans to exercise the right of a mandatory challenger and challenge his title.

More precisely, Prograis ridiculed the words of the father-coach of ex-champion Teofimo Lopez Sr., who said the other day: “We will beat the shit out of him.”

“We? — writes Prograis in social networks. — Dude, there won’t be “we” in the ring. Only your son will be in the ring against me. And it is he who will get all the pi ** yuly.

Two-time Olympic champion and conqueror of two divisions of professional boxing, Cuban veteran Guillermo Rigondeaux (20-3, 13 KOs) returns to the ring, despite two defeats in a row, advanced age (42 years) and domestic injury.

The legend’s comeback will take place on February 24 in Hialeah, Florida, USA. It will be a 10-round fight in the bantamweight division (up to 53.5 kg). The name of the opponent has not yet been announced.

WBO champion in the second flyweight (up to 52.2 kg) near-pound Japanese Kazuto Ioka (29-2-1, 15 KOs) failed to take away the WBA belt from American Joshua Franco (18-1-3, 8 KOs) on New Year’s Eve in unification ) – a class fight ended in a draw by a decision of the majority of the judges.

Ioka is considering two options – a rematch with Franco or a fight with WBC champion and division leader Mexican Juan Francisco Estrada (44-3, 28 KOs) – he dreamed of meeting the winner.

But, apparently, Ioka will have to first fight his mandatory challenger – ex-champion in the division below compatriot Junto Nakatani (24-0, 18 KOs), who made his debut in 52.2 kg in November in a confrontation with ex-champion Francisco Rodriguez from Mexico. The WBO has already booked this fight.

A number of sources report that, with a high degree of probability, the vacant interim WBC lightweight title (up to 61.2 kg) will be played on PPV on March 18 – the Mexicans Isaac Cruz (24-2-1, 17 KOs) will meet in a face-to-face fight and Leo Santa Cruz (38-2-1, 19 KOs).

And the most famous boxing insiders claim that there are no such conversations, it’s all fake: “It’s much more real that Santa Cruz will fight Hector Luis Garcia for his WBA featherweight belt.”

The other day, Davis reacted to a video of Haney “beating up” Garcia.