Press Release: By DAZN – FRISCO, Texas, Feb. 27, 2020 – Matchroom Boxing USA and DAZN will present a huge night of boxing at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland on Friday, April 17, headlined by two former light welterweight world champions Regis Prograis against Maurice Hooker in a 143 lbs. catchweight showdown, live on DAZN.
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Both men come into the bout following starring roles in two of 2019’s “Fight of the Year” contenders. Prograis (24-1 20 KOs) traveled to London in October to take on Josh Taylor in a unification clash and the final of the World Boxing Super Series, with Scotsman Taylor edging out ‘Rougarou’ via Majority Decision in an all-out war. In July, Hooker (27-1-3 18 KOs) hosted José Ramírez in a unification bout in Dallas, and the pair served up a back-and-forth shootout that Ramirez won via stoppage in the sixth round of a breathless contest.
In the kick-off press conference, Prograis and Hooker talked about kicking off 2020 with a strong performance, and their eagerness to once again fight for a world title.
“For me this seems like an obvious fight but never expected it to happen. Prograis coming off a tough loss to Josh Taylor, and Hooker coming off a recent win, and a defeat to Jose Ramirez. This is everything for boxing - guys that wants to get back to the top. These are two guys that know they can win. It’s so refreshing to make a fight like this. Here we have an opportunity for two guys to get straight to the top. This fight comes at the hottest time in the division, and both guys have eyes on the fight tomorrow – Mikey Garcia vs. Jessie Vargas.”
“I wanted to go straight back to fighting the best. People will look at a loss and write you off. I don’t want a tune-up fight. I want the toughest fights. I’m a former world champion, and I’ve been fighting world champions. I want to keep doing the same thing.
“I definitely think I’m going to win, I never think I’ll lose. I think it’s going to be great fight, I can’t wait. I don’t see how he wins if he got stopped by Ramirez - I hit harder. I’m the hardest puncher in the division.”
On coming back after Josh Taylor fight: “It’s everything for me. This is a make or break fight. I still feel I’m the best in the world, I don’t want tune-up fights, and no easy fights. This is a great fight, and if I win in dominant fashion then I’ll be right at the top.”
“It’s a good fight. He’s a former world champion, as am I. I’m going to show the world I’m the best at 140. The fight with Ramirez, he hit me with a good shot. This fight you’ll see a different Hooker. This is the new style that my new team has been working on. Don’t mis this one. I’m going in to win.
“I’m going to do my thing, and stick to my game plan. I will come out on top and come out with the victory.
“We are both exciting fighters, and going to meet in each other in the middle of the ring. Fans want to see fights like this, the top guys fight each other.”
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