LAFAYETTE (KATC) – Regis Prograis came into Saturday’s fight against the WBA super lightweight champion Kiryl Relikh with a lot of confidence and backed it up with a sixth round TKO.
“For me, I’m flying right now. I’m in a dream right now,” said Prograis, the New Orleans native.
Saturday at the CajunDome, Prograis met Relikh in the semifinals of the World Boxing Super Series. Prograis – nicknamed Rougarou entered the ring with a Rougarou mask, and was every bit of nightmare for Relikh.
The opening round had back-and-forth rhythm until, inexplicably, Kyril Relikh turned his back to Progrias who made him pay. Those blow set the tone for what would come.
In the sixth round, Prograis attacked Relikh’s ribs, and as he lowered his elbows to defend his body Prograis landed a series of head shots that led Relikh’s corner to call the fight, a sixt round technical knockout.
“I think I’m a trainer’s nightmare to study, because you can’t study me. I can do so many different things. the only thing I can’t do turn right handed, and I don’t care about about that shi** anyways,” said Prograis. “They can’t do what I can do. I can do anything in the ring. Whenever I get in the ring, I’m the boss. Whatever I do, I’m the boss.”
“Honestly, if anyone is going to be writing up a top-10 pound-for-pound list, at this point that doesn’t have this man on it, at least moving into it and up it, isn’t paying attention,” added Kalle Sauerland, Comosa’s Chief Boxing Officer
Progeias will fight either Josh Taylor or Ivan Baranchik in the finals. Those two will fight next month.
When asked who Regis wanted to see,he said he’d pick Taylor but added “It really doesn’t matter.”