By Xavier Porter | April 27, 2019
Regis Prograis, in front of a packed house at the Cajun Dome in Lafayette, LA, dominated and destroyed previous WBA Super Lightweight World Champion Kiryl Relikh (23-3, 19 KOs) during their bout in the World Boxing Super Series (WBSS).
With the win, Prograis won his first official world championship and advanced to the final round of the super lightweight World Boxing Super Series. Prograis’ win also guarantees him a spot to fight for the coveted Muhammad Ali Trophy.
Prograis (24-0, 20 KOs) knocked down the previous champion in the first round. It was evident thereafter that Relikh would have a tough go against Prograis going forward. Once Prograis began landing repeated power punches, it was all she wrote for Relikh.
Nicknamed “Rougarou”, Prograis accomplished his personal goal in becoming a “legitimate” world champion.
Now his focused shifts towards accomplishing his ultimate goal of becoming the next undisputed super lightweight champion, a feat previously accomplished by current WBO Welterweight World Champion Terence Crawford.
“I told you’ll I’m the real deal. These little boys at 140lb can’t mess with me,” Prograis said after the fight.
“I am the best and I’m going to keep proving it. That’s a tough dude. He’s barely lost before; he’s never been stopped! I’m not surprised at what I did. I’m just a different animal. Whoever they put in front of me will receive the same treatment.”
“Before my last fight, people were saying that I‘m just a knockout puncher and that I can’t go twelve rounds and that I get hit too much. This fight I barely got hit and I stopped my opponent so what else can they say about me? Nothing!”
Prograis’ thoughts on his next matchup against either number one ranked Super Lightweight in the world, Josh Taylor of the United Kingdom (14-0, 12, KOs) or current IBF Super Lightweight World Champion Ivan Baranchyk (19-0, 12 KOs), Prograis stated:
“Honestly, I’d like to fight Taylor because some people think and say that he can beat me; but at the end of the day it, it’s doesn’t matter. I’ll fight them both. It will be a hell of a final.”
On being ranked within the boxing consensus Pound – 4 pound list (140lb to 147lb), Prograis said:
“I feel like my name needs to be listed in the ranks of the Pound-4-Pound list. I’m running through everyone. I’ve had twenty-four fights and I haven’t had a hard fight yet. I’ve ran through everyone.”
Prograis has a lot to look forward to in his division. A future clash between himself and the winner of Taylor and Baranchyk is inevitable. Then there’s his desire to unify the titles against all champions, which includes current WBO Super Lightweight World Maurice Hooker of Dallas, TX and current WBC Super Lightweight World Champion Jose Ramirez (2012 USA Olympian). Prograis has been clamoring and very vocal about having an opportunity to face both men.
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Let’s see what happens next for the man who represents his home city of New Orleans each and every time he steps inside the ring.
Xavier Porter is the:
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