Regis “Rougarou” Prograis: The Wolf Has Spoken
By Xavier Porter – www.brooklynfights.com
June 10, 2017
Brooklyn, N.Y. (Turning Stone Event Center, N.Y.) – “I’m from New Orleans – I must destroy you.” – Regis Prograis
On the eve of the induction ceremonies to the International Boxing Hall of Fame, Regis Prograis (20-0,16 KOs) aka “ROUGAROU” once again appeared, transforming himself into “HALF MAN/HALF BEAST”, while dominating his opponent in destructive fashion. Live on a Showtime Boxing telecast, Prograis, now ranked at number three in the WBC (World Boxing Council) destroyed former undefeated Joel Diaz Jr. (23-1, 19 KOs), knocking him down, a total of four times, before the referee called a stoppage at 2:55 of the second round.
The native of New Orleans, LA and now residing in Houston, TX, Prograis continues to dominate all opponents who appear before him. The current NABF super lightweight – junior welterweight champion is a “seek-and-destroy fighter, possessing unbelievable power in both hands.” The southpaw title holder showcased his defensive skill as he slipped punches from his opponent, while counterpunching with clean, accurate, precise, power punches.
“I’m from New Orleans. It’s in my mindset and mentality to destroy whoever’s put in front of me. I did what I needed to do and that’s make a statement. I walked him down, put my punches together, and showed the world know that I’m ready to fight the best fighters in my division. A lot of people know me as a power puncher but for this fight, I wanted to show the world that I can do more. I am a versatile fighter. I want people to know, recognize, and understand that I can box as well.”
“For this fight, I focused on landing quick shots with my right-hand. When it landed, it was a perfect shot. The punch was perfectly timed. The first left-hand I threw was to his body. I heard him wheeze from the punch. I followed-up by landing a left-hand to his face. I knew he couldn’t take anymore punches to the body and that’s when I decided to land my left-hand to his face. I noticed quickly that he was bruised up and ready to go.”
“After the first round, I told my trainer that my opponent was hurt and that I was ready to take him out. When the second round began, I went and stayed on his ass. He couldn’t get out of the way of my left hand. I was too fast and he didn’t know if I was going to throw punches from underneath or to the head. He was a tough competitor but I was too strong for him.”
Prograis, with a sensational knockout victory of the previously undefeated Diaz, Jr., is now ready to take his career to the next level. With the great Lou DiBella (DiBella Entertainment) as his promoter, the “focused wolf” is on a pursuit to face the top fighters in his division.
“I talked with my promoter (Lou DiBella) and we’re excited how things are moving for my career. I would like to fight in Houston and New Orleans to stay busy. I’m ranked number 3 in the WBC. I will stay busy, focus on my training, and be ready to fight whoever, wherever.”
In speaking with Prograis, he expressed his readiness to fight for a world championship. Prograis, before he and his family were displaced by Hurricane Katrina, attended McDonough 35, and Sarah T. Reed High School. Shortly after relocating to Houston, TX, he began training in the shadows of Evander Holyfield and committed himself to boxing as a profession. Today, Prograis has his sights on fighting in the city where he was born and raised.
“I want my shot at the world title. I’m ready to take over the sport and my division. I want to bring the world championship to New Orleans. I want to bring a major title fight to the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. When it’s my turn to call the shots.”
“Terrance Crawford (31-0, 22 KOs, Ring, WBC, WBO, lineal super lightweight – junior welterweight ) is the best fighter in my division. He’s an excellent boxer that can do so many things. He can box, fight, and he has a high ring IQ. We’re both dogs and if ’m put in a fight with him I guarantee I’ll come out as the biggest dog.”
“I don’t believe Adrien Broner (33-2, 24 KOs, former WBA welterweight, WBA super lightweight, WBC lightweight, WBO super featherweight) can make weight at 140lbs for his scheduled fight against Mikey Garcia (36-0, 30 KOs, current WBC lightweight champion, former WBO super featherweight and WBO featherweight champion). If he can make the weight he will have a problem.”
“Viktor Postol (28-1, 12 KOs, former WBC super lightweight champion) or Ruslan Provodvinkov (25-5, 18 KOs, former WBO super lightweight champion) are perfect matchups for me. There’s no one else to fight at 140lbs. If I’m ranked number (3) and these two people are above me then who else should I fight?”
Prograis firmly understands the nature of where he wants to be and continues to have one goal in mind and that’s becoming a world champion. He is now 20-0 with 17 of his wins coming by way of knockout. Prograis landed 62% of his power shots against a tough opponent in a convincing statement win. Winning in destructive fashion, on the weekend where the greats of boxing (Evander Holyfield, Marco Antonio Barrera, Johnny Tapia) are being inducted into the International Boxing Hall of Fame, along with fight analysts and boxing commentators (Steve Farhood and Barry Tompkins), Prograis has surely opened the eyes, hearts, and minds of fans and the “who of who” in today’s boxing.
“I’m ready for a bigger stage. I want to fight the best my division. I want Terrance Crawford, Adrien Broner, Victor Postol; I want them all. The BOOGEYMAN is coming and they better be ready.”
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