Eddie Hearn wants Arnold Barboza for Regis Prograis to replace injured Liam Paro for June 17th
By Daddy: Eddie Hearn says he’s going to attain out to High Rank to have unbeaten, extremely ranked Arnold Barboza Jr step in because the substitute opponent to problem WBC gentle welterweight champion Regis Prograis for his title subsequent month on June 17th, following the Achilles damage of Liam Paro.
Hearn likes Barboza Jr (28-0, 10 KOs) because the substitute for the injured Paro to problem Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs) in the primary occasion of the Matchroom Boxing present on DAZN on the Smoothie King Heart in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Whether or not High Rank will give the inexperienced gentle to let Barboza struggle Prograis is questionable as a result of he’s in line to problem for a world title with the WBO. High Rank’s fighter Josh Taylor holds the WBO 140-lb title and can face Teofimo Lopez subsequent month on June tenth.
Barboza has been making an attempt to get a struggle in opposition to Teofimo, however with no luck. Some boxing followers consider Teofimo wants no a part of Barboza, realizing how a lot of a risk he’s to him.
The one negatives with Barboza are his stamina and his lack of energy. He fades in his fights typically, permitting his opponents to win rounds. We noticed that in Barboza’s final struggle in opposition to Jose Pedraza.
In case you’re High Rank, it makes extra sense to hold the 31-year-old Barboza in a holding sample to problem for the WBO title quite than letting him get mauled by Prograis, arguably one of the best fighter within the gentle welterweight division proper now.
If Devin Haney strikes up to 140, he’ll be one other man within the High Rank steady who fights for the WBO belt, offered he re-signs with them.
“We’ve reached out to High Rank to communicate to Barboza. We love that struggle for Regis Prograis, so we’ll be making him a suggestion for certain,” stated Eddie Hearn to Boxing Social. “Liam Paro suffered an Achilles damage. He was checking that yesterday.
“It does appear like he’s out of the struggle. Now we have three or 4 choices for a brand new opponent, and we’ll announce that new opponent hopefully tomorrow. However June 17th in New Orleans, it nonetheless goes forward.
“I just like the Barboza struggle. We’re going to attain out to High Rank. We’re already on the case for that and try to make that struggle occur,” stated Hearn.
“Regis Prograis shouldn’t be canceled. There’s an issue with Liam Paro, who has an damage that’s being reviewed, however there is no such thing as a present that’s being canceled. Now we have three or 4 opponents that we’re trying for Regis,” stated Eddie Hearn to iFL TV about WBC gentle welterweight champion Regis Prograis’ opponent Liam Paro struggling an damage that may rule him out of the June 17th card.
“We’re making a suggestion to Arnold Barboza and a Japanese fighter [Andy Hiraoka] who’s within the prime 5 of the [IBF 140-lb rankings]. There are a couple of others. Clearly Steve Sparks. I might have cherished to get a shot, however he’s now on vacation.
“Actually received the information yesterday, however that present is full steam forward. If it’s not Paro, it’s one other opponent within the prime ten,” stated Hearn.