Danielito Zorrilla feels motivated by his position as underdog in his combat towards Regis Prograis


INDIO, CA – MARCH 30: Danielito Zorrilla celebrating his victory on March 30, 2019 at Fantasy Springs On line casino in Indio, CA (Photograph by Tom Hogan/Golden Boy/Getty Photos)

Proficient Puerto Rican Danielito Zorrilla will enter the lion’s den with concepts of upsetting WBC junior welterweight titlist Regis Prograis’ homecoming on Saturday on the Smoothie King Middle, New Orleans, Louisiana.

Zorrilla, who was the topic of a New Faces within the November 2019 subject of The Ring, was solely too completely happy to step in at a month’s discover when unique opponent Liam Paro was injured.

“I’ve been ready all my life for this chance; that is my dream come true,” Zorrilla (17-1, 13 knockouts) advised The Ring by Bryan Perez, Government Director of Miguel Cotto Promotions.

“I’m at all times coaching, I’m at all times on the health club preparing and when the decision got here in, I used to be prepared. I simply wanted to do some changes in my coaching camp with my coach. That’s the benefit of at all times being within the health club. I’m in nice form and situation and I’m able to get that title and produce it again to Puerto Rico.”

The 29-year-old sharpshooter isn’t involved about dealing with Prograis within the titleholder’s hometown and is planning to spoil the social gathering.

“I believe he’s an excellent fighter, very sturdy, which he has demonstrated,” stated Zorrilla. “We must be cautious along with his palms however I’ll be prepared for something he comes with.

“It motivates me to be the underdog, to enter his home and combat, that provides me additional motivation to push and work onerous to get the win. I don’t care if I have to combat in his front room, I’ll be prepared for him and take the title from him.”

Zorrilla believes his personal ability set will off-set what Prograis does and assist lead him to victory.

“I believe my strengths are my distance, my capability to work contained in the ring,” he defined. “I believe he solely depends on his energy; I consider I can do plenty of issues apart from him. I believe I’ve the power and energy to get a victory over Prograis.”

Final summer season, Zorrilla stepped up in school and misplaced his unbeaten report to prime 10 contender Arnold Barboza. Regardless of the loss the once-beaten fighter feels he can rebound strongly from his loss.

“I believe that defeat that I had gave me extra maturity,” he stated. “The place my abilities are and what to do to turn into a greater fighter. I believe it was essential to show to myself I’ve to make some changes with my group to get to the objective to turn into a world champion. I learnt loads from that defeat and I consider that it taught me loads.”

Regardless of a setback final 12 months, Perez nonetheless has excessive hopes for his firms fighter.

“I believe Danielito is without doubt one of the brightest prospects Puerto Rico has,” stated Perez. “He has the power and energy and confidence to turn into world champion.

“Clearly, we slipped in an excellent combat with Arnold Barboza however we nonetheless have plenty of confidence in Zorrilla and when the chance got here as much as go after Regis Prograis on June 17, we stated, ‘Sure, let’s go for it.’ We all know we’re the underdog, we all know how every thing runs however we actually consider and stand behind Danielito Zorrilla as a result of we predict and consider he’ll turn into a world champion.”

Prograis (28-1, 24 KOs), The Ring’s No. 1 rated junior welterweight, earned a fame with some spectacular performances on ShoBox towards Amos Cowart (UD 8), Abel Ramos (RTD 8) and Joel Diaz Jr. (TKO 2). The southpaw boxer-puncher constructed on these wins by stopping former unified 140-pound titleholder Julius Indongo (TKO 2) and dominating former light-weight titleholder Terry Flanagan (UD 12).

The New Orleans native received WBA title by taking aside the habitually robust Kiryl Relikh (TKO 6). Nevertheless, he misplaced his title in an action-packed unification with IBF ruler Josh Taylor (MD 12) within the ultimate of the World Boxing Tremendous Sequence. The 34-year-old outdated bounced again with three wins earlier than impressively choosing up the vacant WBC title by impressively stopping Jose Zepeda (KO 11).

That is seen as a homecoming for Prograis, the primary of a three-fight cope with Matchroom. He ought to have an excessive amount of for Zorrilla however will probably be fascinating to see how he appears to be like doing so and if he could make an announcement.

Prograis-Zorrilla might be broadcast on DAZN, starting at 7 p.m ET/4 p.m PT.


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