Relikh vs Prograis face off for Relikh’s WBA junior welterweight title on April 27 at the Cajundome in Lafayette, LA. The bout, the first semifinal of the WBSS 140-pound tournament.
Kiryl Relikh vs Regis Prograis
World Boxing Super Series semifinals
Place: Cajun Dome, Lafayette, Louisiana, USA
Time: 7:00 pm ET
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The boxing world has been alerted for some time to watch out for the rise of Regis Prograis. After the growing hype, he gets his chance to prove he could be the next big thing when he challenges for the WBA Junior-Welterweight title against champion Kiryl Relikh
Whether he intended it or not, Prograis’ last fight, a lopsided decision against Terry Flannagan, marks a milestone in his career.
Growing up, Prograis (23-0. 19 KOs) idolized the likes of Mike Tyson and Roberto Duran. Naturally, he gravitated toward a seek-and-destroy modus operandi that “Iron Mike” and “Hands of Stone” had utilized to savagely against their opponents. For the first 22 fights of his pro career, Prograis tenaciously tore into his opponents, often absorbing as many punches as he delivered, relying on his superior punching power and punch resistance to win wars of attrition.
But against Flajnnagan, the southpaw morphed from Marvin Hagler to Hector Camacho. Utilizing slick upper-body movement, hand speed, feints and mind games, Prograis consistently beat Flannagan to the punch and barely got hit as he cruised to a lopsided unanimous decision in his hometown of New Orleans.
Which Prograis – bull or matador – will show up at the Cajundome?
“I don’t know. We’ll see what I feel like doing,” Prograis said with a sheepish grin and shrug. “It depends on what I feel like doing. We work on a lot of different things in the gym. For me it all depends what I see in the first round and what I feel like doing.”