Zepeda vs Prograis
The World Boxing Council orders a period of free negotiations for José Zepeda and Regis Prograis to face each other for the vacant super lightweight world title.
If there is no agreement during this period, the WBC will hold an purse bid in accordance with the WBC Rules and Regulations, on Tuesday, August 30th, 2022.
Previously, the WBC had ordered the fight between Zepeda and former champion José Ramírez, but the latter will marry his girlfriend Marisol López in October, so he will not be available to fight.
Zepeda (35-2, 27 KOs), 33, will get his second shot at the WBC title. He lost a close fight against Ramirez in 2019. Zepeda is on a five-fight winning streak, including a fifth-round knockout of former champion Ivan Baranchyk in one of the most extraordinary fights of 2020.
Prograis (27-1, 23 KOs), 33, reached the final of the World Series of Boxing tournament in April 2019, but lost a majority decision against Josh Taylor. In his most recent fight he knocked out Tyrone McKenna in the sixth round in March of this year.
Dalakian vs Jimenez
The World Boxing Association (WBA) Championships Committee ordered the fight between the flyweight champion, Ukrainian Artem Dalakian and his mandatory challenger, Costa Rican David “Medallita” Jimenez.
The entity sent the official communication to the parties on Monday, August 1, explaining the terms and reasons for the decision.
WBA championship rule 11 states that the champion must defend the title against the official challenger every 9 months from the date on which he became champion. In Dalakian’s case, he made his last mandatory fight on November 20, 2021 and that is why he must fight Jimenez.
The Committee gave a period of 30 days to the parties to negotiate, period that will end on August 30. If no agreement is reached or if any of the parties refuses, an auction may be called.