Report: Co-op Live Sets Stage for Epic Super-Lightweight Duel

Catterall vs. Prograis: A Historic Bout at Manchester’s Co-op Live

Historic Showdown Set for Co-op Live Debut

On August 24, the boxing world will turn its eyes to Manchester as Jack Catterall and Regis Prograis face off in a historic super-lightweight clash. This momentous event will mark the first boxing match at the newly inaugurated Co-op Live, broadcast live globally on DAZN.

Catterall’s Quest for Glory

Jack Catterall, hailing from Chorley, has shown resilience and skill, coming off a career-defining victory against Josh Taylor in Leeds—a bout that concluded his two-year pursuit of redemption. The victory, witnessed by over 11,000 fans, was a highlight in British boxing this year. At 30, trained by Jamie Moore, Catterall is now eyeing world titles, with the Prograis fight setting him on the path to potentially achieving that dream.

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Prograis Aiming for a Triumphant Return

Regis Prograis, the New Orleans native known as ‘Rougarou’, is determined to reclaim his position at the top of the super-lightweight hierarchy. Having lost his WBC title to Devin Haney last December in San Francisco, Prograis views the upcoming fight as a crucial step toward becoming a three-time world champion. Despite the setback, his record of 29 wins, 24 by knockout, speaks to his formidable presence in the ring.

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Fighters’ Commitment to Excellence

Both fighters have expressed their eagerness for the bout, with Catterall emphasizing his readiness and refusal to wait passively for opportunities. “I’ve waited around for big fights to happen before, sitting around waiting for title shots and it caused me a huge amount of inactivity,” Catterall stated. “I’ll never do that again. I asked Eddie Hearn and Sam Jones for the best available fight for August 24 and as soon as they mentioned Regis Prograis I said yes straight away. We were meant to fight a while back and it fell through; but now we have the opportunity to settle it in the ring on August 24.”

Prograis mirrored this sentiment, highlighting his anticipation and respect for Catterall. “This is a fight I’ve always wanted,” Prograis shared. “We were supposed to fight a few years ago but it never materialized. Now is the perfect time. I view Jack as one of the best in the world at 140 lbs. It’s a great fight because Jack is eager to become a World Champion and I’m looking to become a three-time World Champion. On top of that, I’m excited to be coming back to the UK.”

A Premier Event at Co-op Live

The fight not only promises to be a thrilling encounter between two top-tier boxers but also serves as the inaugural boxing event at Co-op Live. This venue, touted as the largest and most advanced arena in Europe, is set to deliver an unparalleled spectator experience. “In a few short weeks since opening our doors, Co-op Live has played host to one epic concert after another,” noted Tim Leiweke, CEO of Oak View Group. “But the biggest and most expensive arena in Europe was not only built for concerts but to host the biggest boxing events in the UK.”

Eddie Hearn, Chairman of Matchroom Sport, also expressed his excitement about the event, emphasizing the quality of the matchup and the significance of the venue. “This is a brilliant fight and I’m so happy that we are seeing the best 140 lbs fighters face each other rather than just sitting around waiting for title shots,” said Hearn. “I’m also delighted to give this incredible new arena its first live boxing event and it’s going to be a huge show from top to bottom August 24 – live around the world on DAZN.”

As Manchester prepares to host this landmark event, the excitement is palpable. With both fighters poised to make their mark, the bout between Catterall and Prograis is not just a contest for a title shot but a battle for legacy in the annals of boxing history.

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