By: Sean Crose

“I feel like Jack and I are the biggest fight you can have in the division without a title on the line,” former junior welterweight champion Regris Prograis said in a press release announcing his Aug. 24 bout against Jack Catterall. “We were supposed to fight a couple of years ago, but it never happened, and now we’re here. I think now is the best time.”

Prograis, who suffered his first loss to Devin Haney last December, clearly knows the stakes are high in this matchup with Catterall. “It’s definitely a must-win,” he said. “I have a goal now. Every time I get the belt, I just don’t care anymore. Now I have a goal again. I want to be a three-time world champion and this is the guy I have to get past. Catterall is one of the biggest names in the division right now. The 140lbs division is full right now.”

Although there is no title on the line, the fight with Catterall, which will take place in Manchester, UK, could be seen by Prograis as a chance for a serious comeback. A good performance outside his home country in the US will help people forget the loss to Haney, or at least put it behind them. “Like I said, this is the biggest fight they can have without a title on the line,” Prograis said. “I’m ready to do it again in front of the crazy British fans.”

Catterall, fresh off his win over Josh Taylor, is on a hot streak. Not only has he now surpassed Taylor, the only man to have beaten him before, Catterall has also defeated the fan-favorite Jorge Linares. “I’m elated,” Catterall said. “That chapter with Josh is now closed. It’s a new chapter. I was in a great position going into the first fight, number one in the WBO, but I sat on the shelf for too long.”

Like Prograis, Catterall knows a win here could lead to impressive career opportunities. “I think we understand that the division is wide open right now,” Catterall said. “There’s no immediate world title shot, but I didn’t want to wait until the end of the year or early next year to get back in the ring, hoping to maybe win a world title fight.”