Report: Regis Prograis to return to ring April 17 in Maryland

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Regis PrograisNew Orleans native and one-time world champion Regis Prograis’ next fight will be against another former champ, Maurice Hooker, on April 17 at the MGM National Harbor in Oxon Hill, Maryland, ESPN’s Dan Rafael reported Monday.

An announcement for the Prograis-Hooker fight is expected Thursday in Frisco, Texas, Rafael’s report said.

Prograis, 31, lost for the first time in 25 career bouts when Josh Taylor defeated “Rougarou” by majority decision on Oct. 26 at the O2 Arena in Greenwich, England, to take the WBA and IBF super-lightweight titles.

Prior to that, Prograis’ last three fights were held in his home state, including two at Lakefront Arena in New Orleans.

Hooker, 30, held the WBO super-lightweight crown before losing to Jose Carlos Ramirez by TKO last July – his only career loss in 31 fights.

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