A date and venue for the second World Boxing Super Series quarterfinal matchup for its 140-pound tournament has been announced.
Regis Prograis, the WBSS’s top-seeded fighter at junior welterweight, will fight former lightweight world champion Terry Flanagan. The fight will take place at the Lakefront Arena in New Orleans on October 27. The announcement comes after the WBSS also announced that WBA junior welterweight champion Kiryl Relikh will defend his title against mandatory challenger Eduard Troyanovsky in Japan on October 8 in another 140-pound quarterfinal matchup.
Prograis emerged as a star in the division when he knocked out Julius Indongo back in March to win the interim WBC junior welterweight title. After not securing a fight with WBC champion Jose Ramirez, Prograis would then go on to fight Juan Jose Velasco on an ESPN card this past July and securing a spot into the WBSS tournament.
Flanagan, on the other hand, previously held the WBO lightweight title before vacating it in order to move up in weight and become a two-division champion. Flanagan was unsuccessful as he lost a WBO junior welterweight title fight to Maurice Hooker earlier this year.
The fight between Prograis and Flanagan is the only tournament fight announced for October 27. As the WBSS previously stated that all first round fight cards will have two tournament bouts instead of the usual one tournament fight per card, another quarterfinal matchup is expected to also take place in New Orleans.
Regarding the weight class for the second WBSS fight on October 27, that is still to be determined. The second season of the World Boxing Super Series will feature eight-man tournaments in three different weight classes: bantamweight, junior welterweight and cruiserweight for the second time.