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Regis Prograis, Viktor Postol set for junior welterweight bout on Showtime

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Regis Prograis, a budding talent whose explosive power made waves on ShoBox, is stepping up to the championship level.

Lou DiBella, who promotes Prograis, told RingTV.com that a deal was struck Wednesday night to pit Prograis (20-0, 17 knockouts) against Viktor Postol and avoid a purse bid scheduled for Thursday. The junior welterweight fight will be televised on Showtime, but there’s no date or site set yet.

Prograis, THE RING’s No. 4 junior welterweight, scored a career-best victory in his last outing, a ShoBox battle against fellow undefeated fighter Joel Diaz Jr. It was supposed to be a test for Prograis, but the Houston-based boxed ripped through Diaz with four knockdowns in Round 2 en route to the stoppage later that frame.

With the 28-year-old’s blend of speed, power and athleticism, he’s a fighter on the rise, but Postol (RING No. 2) is the kind of tested and skilled veteran who can truly show us just how good Prograis is.

Postol (29-1, 12 KOs) doesn’t have a lot of knockouts in his 30 pro fights, but his two biggest victories came in vicious fashion. First, Postol scored a brutal KO of Selcuk Aydin in his HBO debut in May 2014. And then in October 2015, Postol scored an upset with a knockout of Lucas Matthysse, fracturing the Argentine’s orbital bone in the process.

That win netted Postol a 140-pound title, but he lost the belt via lopsided decision to Terence Crawford.

Now, the 34-year-old Ukranian is ready to return to American television and another challenge. And we’ll all find out just what Prograis has.

Mike Coppinger is the Senior Writer for RingTV.com. Follow him on Twitter: @MikeCoppinger

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