Regis Prograis comfortably came in below the super lightweight limit of 140 pounds Friday for a second straight fight.
The former WBA champion stepped on the California State Athletic Commission’s scale at 139 pounds for his 12-round title fight against Jose Zepeda on Saturday night in Carson. That’s the same amount Prograis weighed for his previous appearance, which resulted in a sixth-round technical knockout of Tyrone McKenna on March 19.
The New Orleans native failed to make the contracted weight for back-to-back bouts before he met McKenna, respective knockouts of Juan Heraldez and Ivan Redkach. He hired a nutritionist thereafter, which helped the 33-year-old southpaw manage his weight properly.
Zepeda, who hasn’t had as much difficulty making weight as Prograis in recent years, officially weighed 139.4 pounds.
Zepeda (36-2, 28 KOs, 1 NC), of La Puente, California, is the WBC’s number one-ranked contender in the 140-pound division. Prograis (27-1, 23 KOs), of Katy, Texas, is ranked second by the WBC.
They’ll fight for one of the three championships Josh Taylor (19-0, 13 KOs) has relinquished since the Scottish southpaw became boxing’s second fully unified 140-pound champion of the four-belt era in May 2021.
Their 12-round fight will headline a five-fight pay-per-view show from Dignity Health Sports Park. The official weights for the first four televised fights are listed below.
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Evelyn Bermudez (17-0-1, 6 KOs), Santa Fe, Argentina, 106 pounds vs. Yokasta Valle (26-2, 9 KOs), San Jose, Costa Rica, 107.4 pounds, 10 rounds for Bermudez’s IBF and WBO women’s junior flyweight titles.
Bakhodir Jalolov (11-0, 11 KOs), Sariosiyo, Uzbekistan, 247.6 pounds vs. Curtis Harper (14-8, 9 KOs), Jacksonville, Florida, 260 pounds, 10 rounds, heavyweights.
Charles Conwell (17-0, 13 KOs), Cleveland, 153.8 pounds vs. Juan Carlos Abreu (25-6-1, 23 KOs, 1 NC), La Romana, Dominican Republic, 154 pounds, 10 rounds, junior middleweights.
Fernando Vargas Jr. (6-0, 6 KOs), Las Vegas, 150 pounds vs. Alejandro Martinez (3-2-1, 2 KOs), Montebello, California, 151.2 pounds, 6 rounds, junior middleweights.
Keith Idec is a senior writer/columnist for BoxingScene.com. He can be reached on Twitter @Idecboxing.