Regis Prograis: Hunting Season Has Begins
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
August 6, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y.: “I’m taking you out; I’m ending you; it sounds brutal but that’s what I do.” – Regis Prograis
With three-division world champion Mikey Garcia’s recent twelve-round dominance over four-division world champion Adrien Broner last week at Barclays Center, along with the upcoming “UNDISPUTED” championship fight between Terence Crawford (WBC, WBO, Ring Lineal Super-Lightweight Champion) vs Julius Indongo (IBF, WBA, IBO Super-Lightweight Champion) on August 19, the current state of the 140-pound division in boxing is at an all-time high.
What lays in the woods, hunting its prey is the NABF and NABO Super-Lightweight Champion Regis Prograis. The “ROUGAROU”, with a “seek and destroy mindset”, is steadily getting closer to where he wants to be and that’s becoming a world champion.
Currently ranked number two by the WBC, Prograis is determined to let nothing come between him and his destiny. He has destroyed all previous opponents in supreme fashion, while continuing to sharpen his boxing ability.
“I work on my craft daily,” Prograis said, “I’m strong and I have power but I’m also a thinker when I fight.”
“I train hard for my fights. I train all the time for twelve rounds. Boxing is not just about hitting people. It’s about when and where you land your punch. It’s about landing punches at the right spot, at the right time.”
“I train for war! I train to dish out pain! I am going to destroy my opponent for twelve rounds. When I fight I’m trying to kill someone all the time. It sounds brutal but when I fight that’s my mentality. I’m trying to take you out; I’m trying to end you; that’s my mindset; that’s what I do.”
Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs) has produced hard-hitting knockouts, breaking down his opponents one punch at a time. The New Orleans native, fighting out of Houston, Texas, has appeared on Showtime Boxing countless times and is ready to take the next step forward with his career.
Before doing so, there are many great fights that can be made for him. Prograis shared his thoughts on facing the top fighters in his division.
“My division is packed. There are a whole lot of good fighters in it. There are good fights for me and for everyone else. Right now, I’m ranked number two in the WBC. I’m at the top and the only thing next for me is to get that world championship. I am ready to take that next step in my career.”
“I’m ready to face any of the top fighters, champions, and former champions in my division. I’ve called out Terence Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs – WBC, WBO, Ring Lineal Super-Lightweight Champion). I’ve called out Adrien Broner (33-3, 24 KOs, four-division world champion).”
“I’ve called out Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs, former WBC Super Lightweight Champion) and I’ve heard he (Postol) doesn’t want any parts of me. I’m ready to face Mikey Garcia (37-0, 30, KOs – WBC 140lb Diamond Belt Champion, WBC Lightweight Champion) also.”
Prograis is no longer a prospect, he is a solidified contender towards becoming a world champion. He is in the prime of his career and ready to take off to the next level.
“I want to become world champion. It’s not that I’m just calling out names to chase anyone, it’s because I feel like this is what I must do to get these guys to fight me. I can beat all the fighters I just named, and others.”
“There isn’t a fighter in my division that I feel that I cannot beat. Even Crawford, who’s the champion, and very good. If I hit him and hurt him, he’s done. And that goes for everyone else.”
“I’m excited because if there are good fights and there’s money to be made. Once I become champion I won’t have to call anyone out because people will want to fight me to take the belt from me.”
At twenty-eight years old, and with his popularity growing with each fight, Prograis fully understands what needs to take place for him to accomplish his goal of becoming a world champion.
“I’ve had a lot of tough fights that weren’t showcased on network television. I fought at the Barclays Center, on the undercard of the Keith Thurman vs Shawn Porter championship fight (June of 2016).”
“I’ve fought on Showtime Boxing several times and since defeating Joel Diaz Jr. in June, on the weekend of the International Boxing Hall of Fame celebration, it seems that my name just blew up overnight on the boxing scene. The funny thing is that I’ve been defeating all my opponents. Even before I knocked out Diaz Jr. I’ve been knocking out my opponents.”
“Nowadays people know my face and know my name. Most fighters fight and then they’re off the scene for nine months or so. That’s why I appreciate my promoter (Lou DiBella). I also appreciate my manager. They both encourage me to stay active and be on the scene.”
With five months left in the calendar year, Prograis hopes to land a fight soon. There are many fighters that he’d like to face but he must wait until a date, venue, and opponent is confirmed.
“From a promoter and business side of things, I understand boxing. I understand that I may be matched against someone who wants a big payday. I also understand that I may be matched against a former champion, looking to defeat a strong, up and coming, undefeated fighter such as myself; looking for an opportunity to fight for another world championship.
“I’d love to fight Ricky Burns or Postol. Both men are former world champions. Fighting a former champion would not only give me the experience but also have a named fighter on my resume. From what I hear, neither of them want to fight me. My team attempted to get fights with both men but neither of them wanted the fight.”
“From a fighter’s side, I’m here to let it be known that I am not the one to test. I’ll fight anyone and when I do I am going to break my opponent down so that he won’t want to fight me ever again. Give me my money, give me my proper amount to train for the fight, and I promise I will bring the pain.”
As Prograis’ fame and stardom grows in the sport, he has undoubtedly remained focus on the task at hand, and that’s becoming the next world champion in the Super-Lightweight division.
“A lot of these fighters don’t want to fight me. Broner doesn’t want to fight me. Garcia won’t to fight me either. Fighters like them will say that I don’t have enough experience, but at the same time, that sounds like to me that they’re scared. I’ve heard from a lot of people in the sport and they tell that these types of fighters are scared to risk having a fight with a fighter like me. I’m too much of a risk, too much of a threat to all the top fighters and so-called top fighters in my division.”
“My manager, my promoter and I are working have something in place soon. I’d like to fight again before the year is over. Although I’ve met many great men, many great athletes and entertainers, I never lose sight or focus on what I’m here to do. You can never lose sight and get caught up in the limelight which is why I train daily.”
“Right now, I’m the mandatory to face the winner between the Crawford vs Indongo unification championship fight. I’ve heard that Crawford may be moving up in weight after his fight. If he wins his fight and his plans are to let all those belts go, I will get one, maybe two, or maybe all of them. Time will tell.”
For continued support, you can follow Prograis on:
- Twitter: @RPrograis
- Instagram: @regisprograis
- Facebook: @RouGarouBoxing
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