Subriel Matias has his next stated target in mind.
The ferocious punching junior welterweight contender returned to the win column earlier this fall, one week prior to former 140-pound titlist Regis Prograis doing the same—and both doing so versus unbeaten opposition. Matias scored a 6th round stoppage of Malik Hawkins on October 24, live on Showtime while Prograis enjoyed a home state showcase in a 3rd round knockout of Juan Heraldez on a Showtime Pay-Per-View undercard appearance in San Antonio, Texas.
In the weeks that have followed, there has seemingly come the suggestion that the two are destined for a head-on collision. At least, that is the information that has been passed along to one side of the equation.
“The sport that you and I chose is one of courage and bravery! Showtime already offered you the fight,” Matias stated on social media. “[I]f it's fear that you feel, I don't blame you; I scare myself.”
With the aforementioned win over Hawkins, Matias (16-1, 16KOs) rebounded from his lone career defeat which came in a 10-round points loss to Petros Ananyan this past February in Las Vegas. The 28-year old knockout artist from Fajardo, Puerto Rico is now eager to make up for lost time, although perhaps overstating how far along plans are for such a fight.
Sources tell BoxingScene.com that the suggestion of a matchup—which didn’t originate from Showtime—is merely just that, as it has yet to evolve beyond the exploratory phase.
Prograis (25-1, 21KOs) hadn’t fought in 53 weeks by the time he stepped into the ring to face the unbeaten Heraldez. The 31-year old southpaw from Katy, Texas by way of New Orleans debuted under the PBC banner in his October ring appearance, having previously suffered a 12-round majority decision defeat to Josh Taylor in their thrilling 140-pound unification bout and World Boxing Super Series final last October.
A return to the title stage is eyed by Prograis, whose name was attached to rumors of a possible all-Texas showdown with San Antonio’s unbeaten secondary junior welterweight titlist Mario Barrios (26-0, 17KOs). Both boxers appeared on the same October 31 Showtime PPV card, with Barrios stopping Houston’s Ryan Karl inside of six rounds.
That said, the word is in Matias’ ear that a fight with Prograis is on the table. For now, the Boricua bomber is keen on speaking it into existence—even to the point of belittling his desired future foe.
“I'm going to write it to you in your language so that you understand,” mocked Matias. “[Take] the fight, Prograis, I'm waiting [for] the contract.”
Jake Donovan is a senior writer for @BoxingScene.com. Twitter: @JakeNDaBox