Zepeda vs Prograis undercard: World title unification, Conwell, Jalolov

MarvNation has put together a roughly industry-standard pay-per-view undercard for their Nov. 26 event, which will be headlined by vacant WBC 140lb title fight Jose Zepeda and Regis Prograis. .

For much of the target audience here, Zepeda vs Prograis alone will be reason enough to watch the show, but a $60 price tag is a $60 prize, and diehard boxing fans have been hit with PPV fees quite frequently over the past two months, plus it’s a month before Christmas.

Still, give MarvNation credit for not having gone bad because we have some good matchups and some good fighters in action.

Here is the quick summary:

  • Evelyn Bermudez (17-0-1, 6 KOs) will defend her IBF and WBO 108lb titles against Yokasta Valle (26-2, 9 KOs), who just unified those same belts at 105lbs with a win over Thi Thu Nhi Nguyen on September 8. Bermudez and Valle are two of the best fighters in the two lighter divisions, it’s a good game.
  • Top junior middleweight prospect Charles Conwell (17-0, 13 KOs) will be in action against Juan Carlos Abreu (25-6-1, 23 KOs). Conwell, 25, is getting to the point where he really needs to be more active and probably step up the competition. Abreu, 35, is a veteran who can punch and has given tough rounds to Jamal James and Egidijus “Mean Machine” Kavaliauskas, and came off the canvas to stop amateur standout Tursynbay Kulakhmet in October 2021. He also lost largely to Alexander Besputin and was stopped in six by Jaron “Boots” Ennis in 2020. If Conwell does well, hopefully 2023 will see him enter the mix globally.
  • Bakhodir Jalolov (11-0, 11 KOs), the 6’7″ Uzbek southpaw and Tokyo Olympics gold medalist, will take on Curtis Harper (14-8, 9 KOs). You may recall that Curtis Harper walked out of the ring immediately after the bell rang to start a fight in 2018 with Efe Ajagba. He hasn’t had another fight until 2021 and is 1-2 since his return. The drama here is maybe if he leaves the ring again at 0:01, because on paper he’s not a challenge for Jalolov.
  • Fernando Vargas Jr (6-0, 6 KO), the 26-year-old son of Fernando Vargas (who would have believed it!), will open the PPV against Alejandro Martinez (3-2-1, 2 KO). I’m in no rush to say that Vargas isn’t a real prospect, but he’s certainly been handled with kid gloves so far since turning pro in December 2020.

What do you think of the composition? Does it make you more likely to drop 60 bones than before?

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