Regis Prograis: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
Regis Prograis: Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf?
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
February 13, 2018
Brooklyn, NY (Houston, TX) – With just a few weeks away from his WBC Super Lightweight Title fight against former WBC Super Lightweight Champion Viktor Postol, Regis Prograis was given the sad news in that his opponent has pulled out of the fight due to injuring himself while training for their matchup.
For Prograis, the twenty-nine year old rising title contender, who possesses thunderous knockout power, to hear of this injury to his potential opponent didn’t come as a shock. In fact, it did not surprise him one bit. Prograis shared that he had a vision that somehow Postol would not make it to the ring on March 9, at the Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.
“I wasn’t surprised that Postol would pull out of the fight. I had a feeling that Postol wouldn’t fight me from the beginning. I felt that the odds were stacked against him. He’s a former world champion and he knows that I’m a dangerous opponent. Fighting me was too much of a risk for him.”
With Postol out of the way, the plans for Prograis (20-0, 17 KOs) to fight for the interim title hasn’t wavered. In fact, the stakes have risen as he will now face for former two-time world champion Julius Indongo (22-1, 11 KOs) in a battle of two highly skilled, southpaw fighters, who both possess knockout power.
Standing at 5’8, Prograis feels that matching him against Indongo (5’10 ½) is more to his favor. Prograis has been in camp, training and preparing to fight a taller opponent in Postol (5’11). Now the gears have slightly changed and Prograis sees this as advantage for him to be successful and capture this vacant interim title.
“I really wanted to fight Postol because Terrance Crawford (former Undisputed Super Lightweight World Champion) beat him. I wanted to beat him worse. I wanted to be the first person to knock him out. Indongo was knocked out by Crawford and now I have the opportunity to do the same thing.”
“I’m definitely not looking past him. Indongo had two belts before he lost to Crawford. He’s a grown man and has a lot of experience. He’s a world class fighter. But it doesn’t matter to me: the taller they are, the harder they fall. Fighting a taller person is easier for me. My style is to go to the body and cut my opponent down to size.”
“It’s still going to be a good fight. I do know that he’s a southpaw and that he’s tall and long just like Postol but nothing has changed. He’s still on the same playing field as Postol. This is the kind of fight that I wanted, that I need to push my career further.”
A victory for Prograis will not only give him added experience in beating a dangerous puncher and former two-time world champion, it will bring him one step closer in fighting the winner of the WBC Super Lightweight Champion between Jose Carlos Ramirez (21-0, 16 KOs) vs Amir Iman (21-1, 18 KOs), which takes place on March 17, live at The Theater at Madison Square Garden.
Although Prograis has his sights set on fighting for the world championship, for now his sights and focus is set on the challenge at hand in facing Indongo, a fighter who recently signed a promotional contract with Prograis’ promoter Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment).
“First and foremost I’m a fighter. With that being said, I do understand the business of boxing. I’m also ready to fight now. Everyone except for Postol has been active. I could’ve waited for Postol to heal from his injury but I chose not to. Not fighting on a regular basis hurts a fighter, both inside and outside of the ring.”
“Fighting Indongo will no be a problem for me. Like I said, I never look past an opponent and I am not looking past him. I’ve been training for so long. I’m glad that this fight will work out. I’ll fight and win my championship eventually and when I do, it doesn’t matter to me if I face Ramirez or Iman.”
As the “Rougarou” continues to prepare for his upcoming bout, his training regimen will adjust in the sense of fighting at a certain altitude. Prograis, though he isn’t fighting in the mountains of Colorado where the air is very thin, he is steadily preparing to fight in conditions that the Deadwood Mountain Grand will present on fight night.
“Fighting in South Dakota will be a different feeling but I don’t think it will affect me. I’ve been through two hurricanes and I train in 100-degree temperature. I’ll be out there a week before the fight so that I can get a feel of how to manage and adjust my breathing.”
For Prograis, a win over Indongo will do great measures for his career as Indongo is his toughest and most experienced opponent to date. Prograis expects to have an exciting fight that and hopes that everyone tunes in to watch.
“We are southpaws but our styles of fighting are very different. My style is to run you over and defeat. I have to break you down. I have to break your will. I will not stop until I defeat you.
“I also know how to box and I know how to land clean, effective punches. All of my punches are going to land no matter what. I’m coming to hurt him. For any opponent, I’m coming to hurt them all.”
“Tune in on March 9, on Showtime Boxing. Trust me, you’ll enjoy watching the ‘Rougarou’ go to work.”
The vacant Interim WBC Super Lightweight World Championship will be up for grabs on Friday, March 9, in the 12-round main event of SHOWTIME BOXING: SPECIAL EDITION live on SHOWTIME at 10 p.m. ET/PT from Deadwood Mountain Grand in Deadwood, South Dakota.
In the 12-round co-feature, undefeated 140-pound contenders Ivan Baranchyk (17-0, 10 KOs) and Anthony Yigit (21-0-1, 7 KOs) will square off in a Junior Welterweight World Title Eliminator to become the mandatory challenger for IBF champion Sergey Lipinets. Lipinets will defend his belt the following day, March 10, on SHOWTIME CHAMPIONSHIP BOXING® against undefeated three-division champion Mikey Garcia.
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