Press Release: Undefeated 140-pound contender Regis Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs) will now face former unified world champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) for the vacant WBC interim belt on Friday, March 9th on a special edition of Showtime Boxing. The bout will take place at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota. Indongo replaces the previously announced Viktor Postol, who was forced to withdraw from the bout with a hand injury. Born in Namibia and now fighting out of Omaha, NE, Indongo formerly held the IBF and WBA 140-pound titles until losing to Terence Crawford.
In 2016, Indongo traveled to Moscow, Russia, to dethrone IBF champion Eduard Troyanovsky with a first-round knockout. In his first defense as champion, Indongo traveled to Glasgow, Scotland, for a unification bout with WBA champion Ricky Burns. The 35-year-old won a 12-round unanimous decision to become unified champion.
In his first bout as a unified titleholder, Indongo made his U.S. debut against fellow undefeated and unified champion Terence Crawford in a showdown to determine the undisputed champion of the 140-pound division. It was the first championship bout with all four major world titles at stake since Jermain Taylor dethroned Bernard Hopkins in 2005. Indongo lost to Crawford to suffer the only defeat of his professional career.
"I'm very excited to fight Regis Prograis on March 9th," said Indongo. "This is a great opportunity for me toward becoming a world champion again. I know how good Prograis is, but come March 9th, I'll be victorious."
"While it's unfortunate that Viktor Postol suffered this training injury, we're thrilled that Julius Indongo jumped right at the opportunity to face Regis Prograis for the interim WBC title," said Lou DiBella, President of DiBella Entertainment. "Regis wanted to prove himself against the best, and he will still be afforded that opportunity when he meets former champion Indongo in what promises to be a sensational clash of styles."
Prograis, of Houston by way of New Orleans, has scored knockouts in 13 of his last 14 fights and is a rising star in the wide-open 140-pound division. Indongo represents the toughest challenge of his career with his lone loss to one of the top fighters in boxing, Terence Crawford.
In the 12-round Showtime co-feature, undefeated 140-pound contenders Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs) and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will square off in an IBF eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for Sergey Lipinets.
(Lipinets will defend his belt the following day, March 10th, on Showtime against undefeated three-division champion Mikey Garcia).
The event is presented by DiBella Entertainment, in association with Elite Boxing, Fight Promotions Inc., Holden Productions and Sauerland Promotions. Tickets can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 907-4726.