British super-lightweight Jack Catterall has said that talks for a fight with WBC champion Regis Prograis are “ongoing”.
The Chorley man confirmed negotiations were taking place in an interview with Sky Sports.
“I know Regis is wanting to get out and get active as am I. I was preparing for Josh, who’s a southpaw, in a matter of weeks”, Catterall said.
“I’ve been sparring southpaws for two years now, you’ve got another southpaw in Prograis so let’s get the fight on.”
Catterall’s attention has turned to a fight against the American after plans for a highly-anticipated rematch with Josh Taylor fell apart.
The second fight was initially announced for March 4th in Glasgow before Taylor pulled out after suffering a tear to his heel in January.
The Scotsman has since been locked in talks with former lightweight champion Teofimo Lopez Jr. who was announced as Taylor’s WBO mandatory last week.
Catterall says he’s lost faith in getting a second fight with Taylor following the Scotsman’s controversial victory in February last year.
“I’ve lost all confidence in him [Taylor] now. Numerous times he’s pulled out the fight and this time was the cherry on top, pulling out the fight and then a week later announcing negotiations with another fighter at 140lbs.”
A fight with Prograis will see Catterall challenge for world honours for the second time in his career, after the defeat to Taylor last year.
Prograis clinched the vacant WBC title with an eleventh-round knockout of Jose Zepeda in November.