Undefeated 140-pound contender Regis Prograis will now face former unified world champion Julius Indongo for the vacant WBC Interim Super Lightweight World Championship in the 12-round main event of SHOWTIME Boxing: Special Edition live on SHOWTIME at 8 p.m. from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood.
Indongo replaces the previously announced Viktor Postol, who was forced to withdraw from the bout with a hand injury.
Fighting out of Namibia and now training in Omaha, Neb., Indongo (22-1-0, 11 KOs), is a former unified champion who held the IBF and WBA 140-pound titles.
In 2016, Indongo traveled to Moscow, Russia to dethrone IBF Junior Welterweight Champion Eduard Troyanovsky with a stunning first-round knockout. In his first defense as champion, Indongo travelled 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 unified titleholder, Indongo traveled to the U.S. to face fellow undefeated and unified champion Terence Crawford in a showdown to determine the undisputed champion of the 140-pound division. In what was his first bout on American soil, Indongo lost to Crawford for in the only defeat of his professional career.
“I’m very excited to fight Regis Prograis on March 9,” said Indongo in a release. “This a great opportunity for me towards becoming a world champion again. I know how good Prograis is, but come March 9 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,” said Lou DiBella of DiBella Entertainment. “Julius was training in Omaha for an upcoming fight but this gives him an opportunity to fight for a world title immediately in a fantastic matchup against Prograis.”
Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs), 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 just one loss to one of the top fighters in boxing, Terence Crawford.
In the 12-round co-feature, undefeated 140-pound contenders Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs) and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will square off in a Junior Welterweight World Title Eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Sergey Lipinets. Lipinets will defend his belt the following day, March 10, 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, priced at $200, $80 and $60, and can be purchased on Ticketmaster.com or by calling (877) 907-4726.
The doors open and first bout begins at 5:30 p.m.