Former WBA 140lbs champion Regis Prograis is the latest major boxing name to land on a Triller Fight Club event, facing Ivan Redkach at a venue to be determined in Atlanta on April 17.
Prograis-Redkach will be part of the Jake Paul vs Ben Askren headlined card that also features former light-heavyweight king Antonio Tarver against ex-UFC heavyweight champion Frank Mir, according to Mike Coppinger of The Athletic.
On Thursday, entertainment platform Triller won the right to stage undisputed lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez’s IBF mandatory defence against George Kambosos with a stunning $6 million plus purse bid. Triller originally entered the boxing market last November when it staged the drawn eight-round exhibition bout between fight legends Mike Tyson and Roy Jones.
New Orleans-born but Houston-based southpaw Prograis (25-1, 21 KOs) was last seen blowing out the unbeaten Juan Heraldez in three rounds last October on the Gervonta Davis vs Leo Santa Cruz undercard. Ukrainian southpaw Redkach (23-5-1, 18 KOs & 1 NC) last fought in January 2020, dropping a 12-round decision to former two-weight champion Danny Garcia.
Big Kazakhstan cruiserweight hope Kamshybek Kunkabayev forced Server Emurlaev to retire on his stool in the sixth round of an MTK Fight Night main event at the Tynyshpayev Academy of Transport and Communications in Almaty, Kazakhstan, on Saturday evening.
Picking up the vacant WBO Asia Pacific cruiserweight title with the win, Kunkabayev (3-0, 3 KOs) is on a promotional fast track to the top, having twice won a World silver medal at super-heavyweight as an elite amateur.
Russian Emurlaev (23-2, 8 KOs) brought pro seasoning and a decent record but was no match for the hulking Kazakh southpaw. Kunkabayev busted his foe’s nose and unloaded with greater venom in a one-sided sixth and that was enough for Emurlaev to retire on his stool.
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