Regis Prograis is the new WBC world super lightweight champion after a savage 11th round stoppage win over Jose Zepeda.
The American southpaw has been waiting for his shot since losing his WBA title in 2019’s classic unification bout with Josh Taylor.
Prograis, 33, said being on the periphery of the title picture had been difficult but he seized his chance when given the opportunity to fight for the vacant WBC crown.
The man known as Rougarou was in imperious form against Zepeda in California on Saturday night and 0:59 of the penultimate round, and with his rival floored, Prograis was declared the new king at 140lbs.
Prograis said: “First off, before I say anything, I want to congratulate Jose Zepeda. That dude is tough, tough, tough,” Prograis said during his in-ring interview as Zepeda stood near him. “He came to fight. He probably gave me one of my hardest fights. I’m not even gonna lie. This dude is tough.
“I got so much respect for you. You prepared me to get this belt and to hold this belt, so I congratulate you. All the best to you, bro. Don’t stop. I feel like you still gonna be a world champion. You good, bro. You real good.”