By Dan Ambrose: Regis Prograis doesn’t need to hear excuses from Jose Zepeda about him being injured in his automobile accident after he beats him this Saturday night time of their headliner on FITE.
(Photograph credit score: Tom Hogan)
Prograis (27-1, 23 KOs) and Zepeda (35-2, 27 KOs) will battle for the vacant WBC mild welterweight title in an occasion that begins at 9:00 p.m. ET on the Dignity Well being Sports activities Park in Carson, California.
So far as Prograis is worried, he’s the higher all-around fighter than the 33-year-old Zepeda, and he’s going to ship him right down to his third defeat.
Pretty much as good as Prograis and Zepeda are, it’s too dangerous they have to battle one another as a result of each would seemingly be favored if matched in opposition to WBO champion Josh Taylor, who has gone dramatically downhill after taking a shelling from Regis in 2019.
That battle took quite a lot of the Scottish fighter Taylor, leaving the shell that Jack Catterall beat.
“He was up there smiling due to all these items, all this drama stuff that occurred,” stated Regis Prograis to Struggle Hub TV about Jose Zepeda.
“I simply really feel like I’m on one other degree. Talent-wise, I simply really feel like I’m higher. I undoubtedly really feel like I’ve extra expertise. I’ve been on the prime already. That’s the distinction between me and him,” stated Prograis.
Zepeda is a big puncher, and he can win this battle if he lands on Prograis the way in which Taylor did in 2019. What Taylor uncovered in that battle is that Prograis isn’t nice inside fighter, and his protection is poor in shut.
“The principle factor, I simply really feel like he’s not on my degree. For those who in contrast us skill-wise, energy, chin, stamina, pace, protection, I really feel like I win each time. Each class is me,” stated Prograis.
“I’ve by no means been harm. He’s been dropped a bunch of instances. I’ve by no means been harm in my life, and I destroy folks. That’s it. I really feel like I’m the higher fighter.
“You’ll be able to have a look at an individual within the eyes, however you possibly can’t really feel an individual off of their eyes. After I stared into [Roberto] Duran’s eyes, it was one thing else.
“The eyes can’t inform a narrative. I’m not anxious about that. We’ve obtained a battle, and that’s what we obtained to do. You’ll be able to trick some folks along with your eyes, I suppose, however with him, he’s going to come back and battle, and I’m going to come back and battle. That’s what it’s going to be.
“After they instructed me that he obtained right into a automobile accident. The principle factor is, they stated he’s 100%. I’m going to place in a dominant 12 spherical efficiency. I do know that.
“I don’t need to hear no excuses a couple of automobile wreck or nothing. He was simply up there and stated that he’s 100%. Nothing is unsuitable. In fact, that’s what individuals are going to say on Sunday. ‘Ah, he was this. He was that.’
“I’m going to go on the market and dominate and do what I’ve to do. I’m not anxious about nothing else. He stated that he’s 100%, so that’s it. The battle is on. I don’t care nothing about him. My job is to go and dominate. That’s what I’m going on the market to do.
“It doesn’t matter what occurs, I’m going to exit and dominate. It was yesterday,” stated Prograis about when he realized about Zepedas’s automobile accident. “They instructed me on the media occasion. They stated he obtained in a automobile wreck, and that’s why he didn’t come to it.
“Slightly bit [worried the fight would be canceled]. I used to be like, ‘Oh man.’ I used to be undoubtedly a bit scared, however they instructed me he was good. So I’m completely happy that the was good,” stated Prograis.