World Boxing Super Series finalist Regis Prograis and promoter Lou Dibella have filed suit against WBSS organizers Comosa AG, citing a prolonged series of missed deadlines and seeking a release from their contract ahead of “Rougarou’s” planned bout with Josh Taylor.
Regis Prograis and DiBella Entertainment statement on withdrawing from the World Boxing Super Series pic.twitter.com/fOWtNuWZAd— Ryan Songalia (@ryansongalia) August 10, 2019
BoxingTalk.com has some excerpts from the complaint. The thesis statement:
“This [lawsuit] arises out of the wrongful conduct and broken promises of Comosa, a European sporting company that runs a tournament known as the World Boxing Super Series (“WBSS”), in promising the boxing world that it could deliver viable tournaments featuring world champions and top contenders fighting top quality bouts for millions of dollars in purses. Instead, Comosa has left a trail of late payments and scheduling delays that, upon information and belief, have put many of boxing’s top promoters and boxers in limbo due to its financial problems and breach of contractual duties.”
In addition to the final being long overdue per the original agreement, Comosa repeatedly failed to put Prograis’ purse in escrow by the mandated dates. In addition, DiBella and Prograis allege that Comosa made the offer for October 5th with full knowledge that DAZN had not approved the date, calling it an intentional “stalling tactic” as Comosa looked for additional funding sources.
Further, Comosa’s newest offer would put the Taylor fight on September 28th, which when combined with the WBSS-mandated publicity obligations, would leave Prograis with just a six-week camp.
“Comosa’s continuing failure to perform [is] holding [Prograis’] career hostage and keeping him in limbo. Put simply, Prograis is being kept off of a very lucrative boxing market by Comosa, which upon information and belief, cannot finance the rest of its tournament and is in violation of its obligations under the Escrow Agreement...
[Therefore,] DBE and Prograis seek a declaration that Comosa has not complied with the Escrow Agreement and cannot [do so]. Further, Plaintiffs seek a declaration that Prograis is free and clear of his obligations to Comosa and can pursue his career outside of the WBSS immediately.”
Despite providing some terrific fights, this season has constantly courted controversy. Ivan Baranchyk made a show of withdrawing before the semifinals over very similar concerns before the IBF threatened to strip him of his belt, and Nonito Donaire was reportedly close to pulling out before his November 7th fight with Naoya Inoue finally came together.
The cruiserweight final between Mairis Briedis and Yuniel Dorticos remains MIA, by the way.
So, yeah, safe to say Prograis-Taylor isn’t happening, which is a bummer. On the other hand, this does mean Prograis vs. Jose Ramirez Jr. is theoretically possible in the near future and what an absolute banger that would be.