Prograis Focused Only On Zorrilla: F— Haney, Teo, Taylor, Garcia, Broner

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Regis Prograis is well aware of the other top players in and around the 140-pound division.

The only fighter on his mind through Saturday evening is Danielito Zorrilla.

“All the reporters, stop asking me about these other fighters,” Prograis demanded during the final pre-fight press conference ahead of their WBC junior welterweight title fight this weekend. “F— Haney. F— Teo. F— Josh Taylor. F— Ryan Garcia. F— Adrien Broner.

“Right now, it is about me and my show. It’s about me and him. Saturday night, he’s gonna get his ass whipped.”

The fight marks the Matchroom Boxing debut for Prograis (28-1, 24KOs), who gets a homecoming headliner for the occasion. His first defense of his second title reign takes place this Saturday on DAZN from Smoothie King Center in his hometown of New Orleans, Louisiana.

Naturally, conversation will center around unification bouts, especially with the rapid changing of the guard in the division.

All four titles have changed hands within the past seven months. In fact, Prograis is the longest reigning titlist in the division at just under seven months following his WBC title-winning eleventh-round knockout of Jose Zepeda last November 26 in Carson, California. The win came more than three years after his April 2019 knockout of Kiryl Relikh to win the WBA belt in his previous title reign.

Puerto Rico’s Subriel Matias (19-1, 19KOs) followed suit with a fifth-round knockout of Argentina’s Jeremias Ponce (30-1, 20KOs) to win the vacant IBF strap this past February 25 in Minneapolis, Minnesota. Rolando Romero (15-1, 13KOs) rallied to score a controversial ninth-round stoppage of Ismael Barroso in their vacant WBA title fight May 13 in Romero’s hometown of Las Vegas.

Just last weekend, Teofimo Lopez (19-1, 13KOs) dethroned Scotland’s Josh Taylor (19-1, 13KOs) last Saturday at Madison Square Garden’s Hulu Theater in New York City to win the lineal crown and the WBO title. As previously reported by, Lopez already vacated the WBO belt and is sticking to his retirement vow.

Regardless, Prograis’ only focus and undivided attention is on turning away Puerto Rico’s Zorrilla (17-1, 13KOs), who enters his first career title fight.

“I have to get him first,” noted Prograis. “I’m not worried about none of them. I’m in my hometown I have to show out.”

Jake Donovan is a senior writer for Twitter: @JakeNDaBox

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